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The Alternate Selves of the Artist


I Forgot the Jell-O

How many lives do we live now
Sometimes the scenes change
So rapidly
What I believed to be temporary
Quickly solidified into a permanent

I thought my dopellganger
Was whimsical
Until I attempted to disown her
Then the hinges of her mouth
(rusted with disuse)
Opened to reveal
Young nimble thoughts
That never atrophied
With my muscles

Multiple lives
Multiple loves
One soul
All needing to be knit together
To move into another house

~Sonia Weiss Durga


I Forgot the Jell-O
 This piece was chosen here because it epitomizes the split between wife/mother and creative genius.


The Artist and Her Work:

Art can be used to heal a psyche or express parts of that psyche that have no other avenue of expression. Sonia Weiss Durga's art is a good example of this. She was a deep, complex person with many aspects to her being. Much of her life, she chose to live the persona of housewife and mother- lost in a world of laundry, shopping lists and house work. But, in order to do so, she had to suppress deeper, more complicated darker moods and feelings. Yet, these "alternate selves" could not remain buried. As with all of us, that which we repress must come out somewhere.  For Sonia, it was in her Art. She experienced a rift between the role of wife/mother and "un-liberated" woman of her generation (she was born in 1929) and the bohemian artist who craved ensconcing herself in her studio for days on end and allowing all sense of time and "reality" to fade into oblivion...



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