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Possibilities I, collage, wip

We know what we are, but not what we may be.
― William Shakespeare

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Possibilities I, collage, wip

Last week I started an online course studying the brain and was introduced to a book written by Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly.  At 43, he became permanently paralyzed with locked-in syndrome and only able to communicate by blinking his left eye.  He wrote the aforementioned book while in that paralyzed state.

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Possibilities I, work in progress

My diving bell becomes less oprressive, and my mind takes flight like a butterfly.
There is so much to do.
Jean-Dominique Bauby,The Diving Bell and The Butterfly

Possibilities, collage, 6 x 6

And his imagination, assailed by a multitude of possibilities, was tossed back and forth like an empty barrel drifting in the sea and bobbing on the waves. 
Gustave Flaubert from Madame Bovary

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  1. This is really a touching and heartfelt story. Your sketches are impressing!

  2. Very heartfelt post ~ (know the book) very creative art work ~ Happy Mother's Day ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  3. Wow, he must have been a man with a strong will. Love your evocative page!

  4. What a fascinating post, Juana. I really enjoyed this and learning something new, although a sad story. And your art went very well with your writing. Well done! Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

  5. HUGELY inspiring, the work of Jean-Dominique Bauby... What strength and courage he must have had... Your experts here along with you art, Juana--such tenderness... I admire the different things you dip into--art, the brain, birds... Always a joy to see. Happy Days ((HUGS))

  6. Thank you everyone for visiting.

    Tracy, yes I agree: I too find Bauby's story inspiring for what he did despite his situation.

    Alexandra, the story is definitely fascinating to read.

    Melissa, he definitely had a strong will.

  7. It is a powerful book...and these pieces match its strength!


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