The Heart Outside of Yourself

This mid winter I started to explore paper cutting and blogged about my first Valentines.  I have continued to make new paper cuts and this is the first that I have incorporated into an encaustic piece.
When I had my first child, someone said to me, "Now a piece of your heart will always be outside of yourself - out in the world".  That sentiment inspired this piece.

At first, it was just going to be a mother holding the strings tethered to her heart.  The attack on our city of Boston reminded me of how fragile those strings are.  The world is full of sharp objects but I won't change how I live my life.  I will protect and hold onto those strings making memories every day because tomorrow things could be different.