We chose this title fairly soon after our first annual art show at Frame Gallery - Inexplicable: it is about healing, ( April '14, 2014.) I think there is a pattern in our titles. Our very first show at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery show was - Indescribable: it is about murder (January 27, 2012)
When we chose this title, we had no idea how "suspended" we would be. It truly has been one long year of suspense.
Probably most distracting was the long Supreme Court of Canada process that took almost a year. It is only recently that we have heard of their final decision which wasn't what we had anticipated.
As all creative people know - the enemy of creativity is suspense. We find it difficult to get into our imagination when real life pulls us into stress of the every day.
Other distractions have been that Odia and her husband are pregnant with their first child - which hasn't been without complications. She is on bed rest. Thank goodness baby and mother are doing well - but that doesn't help with the deadlines.
Much of my year was spent finishing my art commission, five white paintings,entitled The Glance for the opening dedication of Soul Sanctuary's new building.
Cliff devoted his time to working with his students at St. Aidens Christian School and also helping me. I have to admit I stole a great deal of his creative time. He's been very wonderful about it all.
But probably most intrusive was the emotional journey we all took together as I worked on the book This Mortal Coil about the trial and our personal journey through it. In this book, "suspended" took on new meaning.
As always, writing, painting and expressing ourselves in creativity has been our healing. We continue to hope that it will inspire all who visit our work - to explore their own creativity.