The gift was supposed to cost $10 or less; Lucy’s gift to me is priceless.
I love everything about it: the colors, the shapes, the interplay between all the elements. Sometimes, it looks to me like there is an image of a pregnant woman in the background, which is particularly meaningful to me because in my own, abstract way, I feel 9 months pregnant, too.
I also love the circles, for a reason Lucy couldn’t possibly know. I’ve even written about it in Road Map:
All the children a woman will bear are present inside her even before she is born. They are created while she is still nothing more than a tiny form twisting and floating in utero. For a time, three generations—mother, daughter, and granddaughter—live as one.
To me, Lucy Mink’s painting is a visual representation of these words.
I want to thank Lucy for sharing her art with me: I promise to always keep it in a place of honor (right now, it’s above my writing desk). And I want to thank Tricia, for making this wonderful exchange happen.