Roving Reporter | "...I choose to believe she received the message." | Photograph & Story by Suzi Van Meter

The note below is a follow-up to John Aasp's submission "A Winter Photo Shoot" here.
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"Sometimes when you encounter a work of art, it speaks to you. Maybe you recognize something of yourself or something you strive to be within it. This was my experience upon first "meeting" Jane De Decker's sculpture, Into the Wind. If the definition of a friend includes any entity who provides comfort when needed, inspiration to be your best self, then by that measure, Into the Wind is indeed a friend. To me, the sculpture represents courage, resolve, and grace in what could be a frightful situation. All gifts I aspire to possess.

My photo shoot with Into the Wind was very special to me. There was no drawn out planning, there was only that beautiful pang of inspiration that hits you all at once like a ton of bricks. It lays heavy on your chest not unlike said bricks and there's no relief until you act upon it. That very cold and miserable day I had chosen to wear a very special scarf that my eldest sister Kathy had made and gifted to me several years before her passing from cancer last summer. A little back story on my sister is that she was a gifted artist, constantly dabbling in one craft or another. She was the one who taught me the power of walks in the woods, how to garden and to always look for beauty everywhere you go. She was also my biggest advocate and encouraged my art as no person before or since has done. One of her last wishes was to visit me here in Rockport/Fulton, to see the ocean, but she was too ill for travel and her wish was never fulfilled. My way of fulfilling her wish in some small way was to feature her creation, her scarf, here by the water with my "friend", Into the Wind.

Surely everyone can relate to the helpless, sorrowful feeling of loss when some one you love crosses to the other side. That feeling was beginning to overwhelm me the day of my shoot. My mood was beginning to mirror the miserable weather. Once I decided to give in to the inspiration, that sorrow began to subside and I was able to transfer that into art. Kathy would have been thrilled to see Into the Wind wearing her beautiful scarf while overlooking the ocean. In some small way, I fulfilled her wish.

Unbeknownst to me, the Visual Arts Curator at the Rockport Center For the Arts, John Aasp, had spotted my work in progress and began to photograph me. He graciously shared some of his photos with me. I was blown away at what his photos contained... my sister and I working together. Her art, and mine along with Jane De Decker's sculpture was an unexpected gift. It's true that the wind travels everywhere, there's no escaping it. And if it is also true that our loved ones know something of us after they've gone, then I can also know my beloved sister Kathy is somehow aware I've honored her wish and sent my love to her. I've cast it Into the Wind, and I choose to believe she received the message." - Suzi Van Meter



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Sally Mitchell said…
This moving, evocative photo and the story behind it brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing.
Barbara Gurtner said…
Suzi, viewing this beautiful sculpture of Jan De Decker's, overlaying it with your photos and story has made visiting the sculpture garden at the Rockport Art Center even more enjoyable. Thank you for sharing such a lovely moment in time that is now eternal.

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