Healing and Transformative Dolls
Creel Basket Woman
7” X 5” X 6”
‘Creel Basket Woman’ was created at a fibre art retreat. Only in retrospect did I realize how soul weary and downhearted I was at the time. Working on this piece was my way of coping with my growing awareness of the depth of a mental health disorder for one of my adult children.
She is different from anything I have created before or since. She is faceless. Everything about her is open and empty and her structure/bones are exposed. I imagine her sitting at the bottom of a deep ocean waiting to catch sea creatures in her basket. She IS the basket and she is weighted down with stones much like a creel basket or lobster trap needs to be. She sits on a prayer mat and she waits.
I came to realize I had created a companion piece, a doll to hold my ache as I came to terms with my adult son’s pain and struggles and the ripple effect on the whole family. It is her primordial nature, her ability to breathe underwater, and to wait endlessly that has comforted me.