Created by Marianne Evans-Lombe, artist at Body Drawings in Pittsburg, KS
Title: DREAM ROCKET FOR TRAVIS
Materials and techniques used: Fabric, various papers, plastic laminate, monofilament
My nephew, Travis Evans-Lombe, passed away March 28, 2013. I made this panel in his honor and it combines three memorial projects I have created: ‘Origin of Painting for Travis’, ‘Please Mind’ and ‘I love Jose’. The center figure in the panel is Travis and it is based on a life-size drawing of Travis from ‘Origin of Painting for Travis’, the memorial performance I did for him after he died. The swallow is from ‘Please Mind’, a performance about my reaction to my own son’s mental illness; swallows are Roman symbols for mothers who live with sorrrow. The figures surrounding Travis and the swallow are ‘little Joses’ from ‘I love Jose’, a project that honors Jose Olimpo Alvarez who was killed in the May 22, 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri. The monofilament rings wrapping some of the Joses represent Saturn rings and connect the panel and the memorials to the beauty of the universe. The green background was Travis’ favorite color.
This is the memorial poem I wrote for Travis when he died:
I am a mother who lives with sorrow
I am an aunt who lives with even more sorrow
I am a sister who grieves mightily for the pain my sister must now sleep with every night for
the rest of her life
I am not a very religious person
but I ask the universe to please bear the beautiful soul of
gently upon her waves and her wind.
You can see more of my work at: www.bodydrawings.org
More about this project at: bodydrawings.wordpress.com
And more about ‘I love Jose at: i-love-jose.tumblr.com