Gemini, a new winged key and thoughts on duality...

Gemini, a new winged key and thoughts on duality...

Gemini, winked key assemblage, mixed media on plaster, © 2013 Laly Mille
Gemini, winked key assemblage, mixed media on plaster, © 2013 Laly Mille

June... that's my month, and that's when I started this new piece (even though I let it sit unfinished for most of the summer). You see, I'm a gemini (as are so many creative people... it's uncanny).

Gemini, winked key assemblage, mixed media on plaster, © 2013 Laly Mille
Gemini, winked key assemblage, mixed media on plaster, © 2013 Laly Mille

And not just that. I also have 2 first names. Or rather, my actual first name is made of 2 names, hyphenated: Laly is short for Laure-Elise. And even though I'm French, I live in two languages too (on this blog and more). So, quite naturally, duality is an important aspect of life for me, just as I'm sure it can sometimes be for many of you out there.

Gemini, winked key assemblage, mixed media on plaster, © 2013 Laly Mille
Gemini, winked key assemblage, mixed media on plaster, © 2013 Laly Mille

Sometimes it can be a gift, and sometimes it's a real challenge. It's the constant pull between desire and fear, the intuitive and adventurous little girl, and the rational, overthinking adult. It's the ability to see light when everything is dark, but also doubts creeping in when everything seems fine. It's about trying to find my way with a compass that points North... and South.

Gemini, winked key assemblage, mixed media on plaster, © 2013 Laly Mille
Gemini, winked key assemblage, mixed media on plaster, © 2013 Laly Mille

Sometimes I get lost and sometimes I just freeze right there on the spot, paralyzed. So it's also about making choices, with a part of me madly researching every tiny detail of the question, and the other just following her gut. And eventually, finding a third option, inventing a new door, a magical secret passage, holding its unique key...

Most of all, it's about balance and reconciliation. Letting go of the struggle. Sitting with the fears and the enthusiasm, inviting the little girl and the grown up for a tea party they'll both enjoy, where they'll learn to make friends. Maybe I'm not quite there yet, but this I know:

It takes 2 wings to fly...

To find out more about the winged keys series, follow THIS LINK.

Gemini, winked key assemblage, mixed media on plaster, © 2013 Laly Mille
Gemini, winked key assemblage, mixed media on plaster, © 2013 Laly Mille
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