Grandmother’s Coat

Grandmother-s coat heller kleinI have always been fascinated by Clarissa Pinkola Estes idea of making a full length scapecoat to detail in painting, writing, with all manner of things pinned and stitched inside. But I really love what Alice Wellinger has done here. This beautiful piece truly resonates and fuels the desire to do something using a grey coat that I have had hanging, unworn for many years.

In order to come to know them better it could also be good to explore what the inside of a character’s coat looks like

Unlocking Secrets

In the archetype, an enchantment of sorts is cast like a black net across part of a woman’s psyche, and she is encouraged to believe that the secret must never be revealed, and further, she must believe that if she does reveal it all decent persons who come across her shall revile her in perpetuity.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes – Women Who Run With the Wolves

Open LockIt is true that the keeping of secrets is a burden. “The dead zone is greatly protected. It is a place of endless doors and walls, each locked with twenty locks, and the homunchuli, the little creatures in women’s dreams, are always busy building more doors, more dams, more security, lest the secret escape.”

But since few locks are fail safe the secret always finds a way out. Better to have removed the locks yourself! When you unlock the locks and draw out the secret, when you give this matter words and bear witness with another, old lock mechanisms fail and healing begins.

I bought this small lock in Singapore. It’s mechanism failed almost immediately! I am not sure why it was still here! Simply waiting to be put to a good use?

Initially, when I placed it here in the ball, I tried locking it again! But it will not lock, just as the secrets I carried, once drawn out by compassionate people, can not be locked any more.

This open lock, which will be buried amid ‘white’ lace recognizes all those compassionate shepherds who helped draw out the secret and, in doing so, eased a burden and helped me restore my psychic footing.