Thanksgiving

Submitted by Darcy Meeker

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Client

Location: Blacksburg, VA, United States

Completion date: 2012

Project Team

Artist

Darcy Meeker

Darcy Meeker Fine Art

Artist

Aislinn Lowery

Darcy Meeker Fine Art

Artist

Shaun Whiteside

Overview

This 20 square foot piece is an expression of my experience with my stroke and my drive to continue creating art.

Goals

The piece was created so that I might share my experience with others in my position. I created it privately but want it to be in the public eye as much as possible.

Process

In 2011 I had a stroke. After I got out of the hospital, I could not talk or eat; but I needed art. I laid down on a 4 x 5 ft. canvas on the floor and friends traced my silhouette. Then they traced my husband's silhouette. I finished this painting in Sharpies over the next four months. The first things I painted were my husband’s hands; those loving hands that I was so thankful for. My body is mostly a blend of faces; perhaps my ancestors? The sky is mostly the names of friends and family. The landscape is graph paper with mountains suggested in the background.