This sweet vintage doll I bought at a street market in
Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume right across the
Cathedral of Mary Magdalene.
I received about twenty of these from the market seller
in a plastic shopping bag.
You can see in what a tattered state she is and she has no legs
and the moving eyes have fallen out long ago.
But she is beautiful and so I created a special shadow box for her,
La Pianiste Aveugle, the blind pianist.
The piano is a toy piano, part of a doll set. I distressed and aged the little piano
and added a magnificent butterfly to its lid, symbolising the freedom and liberation
that her ability to play the piano, brings the blind woman.
The entire box is covered with vintage sheet music paper. A reminder
that life is music, and even as we live our small, boxed lives
of ordinariness, we hold the potential of creating the music of our souls.