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The Secret : a new winged key assemblage

The Secret : a new winged key assemblage

Ssshhh... it's a Secret...

The Secret: winged key assemblage by Laly Mille
The Secret: winged key assemblage by Laly Mille

Here is my latest assemblage piece in the "winged keys" series. It's a bit different from the other ones because it's the key-hole that's at the center this time. The papers are pages from a french schoolbook with images and words of Little Red Riding Hood, and handwritten lists of workers from a 1906 construction site.* They speak of the duality between the world of childhood and the world of adults, the feminine and the masculine, of initiation.

The Secret (detail) : winged key assemblage by Laly Mille
The Secret (detail) : winged key assemblage by Laly Mille

In the middle there is a little girl, maybe Little Red Riding Hood, or maybe Alice, or maybe a bit of both? Sometimes she is too big, and sometimes she is too small. Just like the key. The world around her keeps telling her "Eat me", "Drink me"... fix me, do this, do that, fit in, grow up.

The Secret (detail) : winged key assemblage by Laly Mille
The Secret (detail) : winged key assemblage by Laly Mille

But she looks through the key-hole. At you, at me, at her own "wonderland" of possiblity. What if she crossed to the other side? What if she were not afraid of the wolf? What if she were the key? Maybe initiation is not just about letting go of childhood to become an "adult". Maybe the "secret" is about welcoming the little dreamer that lives within us, our inner child, vulnerable and brave, innocent and wise, and gently opening the door, inviting her to play...

The Secret (detail) : winged key assemblage by Laly Mille
The Secret (detail) : winged key assemblage by Laly Mille

Have a beauty-full day everyone!

*(a big thank you to Marie-Aimée at AlterTheTime for the gorgeous paper!)

"Vulnerabilis" a new winged key assemblage

"Vulnerabilis" a new winged key assemblage

This is my latest "winged key" assemblage. This one is called "vulnerabilis" and speaks of how sometimes we get hurt, betrayed, abused, but we feel we have to soldier through it all and keep going anyway. So we lock up our heart and soul like fragile butterflies. "Safely", behind glass, standing still, maybe visible, but untouchable. Too vulnerable.

Vulnerabilis, winged key assemblage by Laly Mille

Vulnerabilis, winged key assemblage by Laly Mille

We protect ourselves, we pretend. We cringe if someone comes too close. We recoil. We put up signs that say "handle with care" or even better, don't touch me at all. Don't break the glass. Love, friendship, a helping hand, empathy, intimacy? Entering the danger zone. And we get used to it, living behind the glass, seeing life through the glass. We make it home.

Vulnerabilis, winged key assemblage, detail by Laly Mille

Vulnerabilis, winged key assemblage, detail by Laly Mille

And yet, being vulnerable, truly vulnerable, is something different. It doesn't mean we're too fragile for life. It means mustering up the strength to let ourselves be seen, heard and touched again. Owning our story, daring to let this butterfly spread its wings, alive. Vulnerability doesn't mean weakness, it means courage.

But when we're so used to our pretty cage, our self-inflicted imprisonment, it's not easy to open it and take flight. Yet it's not sealed forever, somehow we know there is a way out, we hold the key. And maybe, if we let ourselves dare to trust again, someone will gently help us unlock it from outside. And we'll feel the wind again.

Vulnerabilis, winged key assemblage, detail by Laly Mille

Vulnerabilis, winged key assemblage, detail by Laly Mille

The "winged keys" are an assemblage series. I add a new one from time to time. You can see the other pieces HERE.

Wishing you a good flight today...

Vulnerabilis, winged key assemblage by Laly Mille

Vulnerabilis, winged key assemblage by Laly Mille

Art, if necessary: a winged key assemblage

Art, if necessary: a winged key assemblage

Inspired by entomology boxes, this piece is part of a "winged keys" series. To me it speaks of mystery, holding the key to our dreams, as elusive as they may sometimes seem to us. The dice at the bottom evokes chance, coincidences and good luck, and how we must make the most of them to soar...

Art, if necessary : mixed media assemblage on plaster by Laly Mille
Art, if necessary : mixed media assemblage on plaster by Laly Mille

© 2012 Laly Mille

10" x 12,5" x 2" / 26 x 32 x 5 cm

Mixed media assemblage on plaster, wire and paper