“If your heart is broken, make art from the pieces.”
I confess I am not a Disney princess fan. Some talking dogs (with silenced cats no less), Robin Hood as a fox, Dingbat fish, I’m in. Don’t get me wrong— I am a girly girl, and my daughters are as well but Disney, the Barbie machine and the like always added a layer of saccharine plastic to the type of girl I wanted to be (not to mention an absurd waist measurement and shoe size). This is a photo shoot I wish I had done with my girls…Side thoughts occur: is it too late? a family picture of heroic women? even though they are 24 and 14? Maybe I could put the boys in as well…? who could they be? the Knight in the Canterbury Tales? or the Squire? MC Escher? Socrates? Thomas Jefferson?
And the girls…Aphra Behn? Jane Austen? Charlotte Bronte? Julia Child? Florence Nightingale…oh the possibilities!
The teacher in me is brainstorming as well—what a great assignment for students. They choose their inspiration doppelganger, pose for a picture and write up a narrative as to why they choose her or him and a game plan to emulate them throughout their lives. What an interesting graduation project!