Heart Space 2: Comfort
Comfort was created in reaction to the piece Penance, to stand as an alternative, or a next step.
Where Penance created a heart space that served to diminish the self through masochism and guilt, Comfort was created to envelope, calm, and soothe the wounded heart post-penance. Comfort is a celebration of texture and process, combining machine stitching, applique, reverse applique, and couching to expose an array of visual and tangible textures, colors, and pattern. Comfort continues the public display of emotional processing, but does so in a protective, loving, and soothing way.
Heart Space 1, 2, 3 and 4 track my reactions, internally and externally to trauma over time. Each piece deals with a specific traumatic event and was created shortly after as a way to communicate a need for either self-punishment as in the piece "Penance"; self-soothing as in the piece "Comfort"; self-preservation as in the piece "Inside In"; or safety in withdraw as in the piece "Dissociative Lite."