Totem: Frozen Shoulders (2012)

Cotton, cotton-polyester blend, cotton thread and floss, cotton-polyester thread and floss, metallic thread and floss 20.5”x9”
Cotton, cotton-polyester blend, cotton thread and floss, cotton-polyester thread and floss, metallic thread and floss
20.5”x9”

I drew this when my shoulders were mostly paralyzed and I could not move more than a few inches. As a result, the original was only a few inches high, rigid and filled with the tension and stress of my infirmity. The final, fabric version was transformed into a totem of my improving health after I recovered. Through this journey, I felt like I was reaching out to the spirit world to help me survive and release me from my paralysis.

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