As a devotee of languages and symbols, I asked my hairdresser Motoko how to write 'Polly' in Japanese. She chose as the composite parts of my name the picture symbols for 'Paw' ( an animal paw, or 'walking' ) and 'Li' (home/home town/ roots) I was delighted by this name, which suggested to me two ideas – firstly, exploring my identity, in a metaphorical 'walking towards' the ' home' of roots and family history – and conversely, a journey 'walking outwards' from home and family life towards an identity as an artist. In the first of the paintings below, completed in October 07, the 'home' symbol is writ large, and the 'walking' symbol is smaller; the second painting shows the opposite emphasis, so they reflect my dual life as an artist as well as a wife/mother/family member and friend. The third painting shows my son's name in Japanese.
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