This week's IAE challenge was a really interesting one - to create something inspired by the words sacred, ancient and/or symbolic.
It made me think about how I use symbols quite a lot in my work, sometimes without really being conscious of it. I do find it fascinating, how we are often drawn repeatedly to certain subjects. I often notice it in other artists' work.
I also came across an article recently about vanitas - a type of painting which uses objects to symbolise the fragility of life. Click on the word if you'd like to read more - it's fascinating stuff!
Anyway, losely based on the above, for my submission I've gone with the idea of using symbols that represent a past love.
I wanted to use some objects that people commonly save as keepsakes - symbols to remind them of a time, person or place. I've included little scraps of a hand-written letter, a stamp from the envelope, a bit of old lace and a button.
I've also used some things to suggest the passage of time - a bit of skeleton leaf, the old paper of the envelopes, a measuring tape. I think that the envelopes themselves work as a symbol of memories too - things sealed away to be opened later!
The heart and rose are of course well known symbols of love, and the key is meant here as a symbol of unlocking memories.
I use butterflies quite a lot in my work; I think I've mentioned before that they are used in many cultures to represent the human soul, and I like that.
You can see all this week's submissions here - enjoy!