I move things around in my house at least once a week. A chair I bought for there is now here. We launched removable wallpaper for a reason. And my children and husband have come to simply roll their eyes when yet another handyman shows up. My most recent switch is one that is here to stay and with this piece finally in its rightful place, I found it to also now be the time to share the artist and story behind it.
This piece was moved from a dividing accent wall entering our bedroom to our dining room and one of the first things you see upon entering our house. I’m happy I finally found where it should have been all along. A little over a year ago I commissioned it from the ever so talented artist/interior designer/actress, Merrilee McGehee for my husband’s 40thbirthday. She and I used to be neighbors so I had seen some of her oversized, mixed-medium pieces many times before. I told her I knew I wanted her signature large piece with acrylic resin over some sort of interesting medium and that I knew I wanted this Rumi poem that we love to be the theme:
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
The other things I had in mind, given the theme of a field, were dried flowers or plants that I had collected from Greg. A piece of fern from a trip to Scotland when our dear friend and mentor, Jim, was explaining a fractal. A fern’s leaves are a fractal. That’s a story for another time. A flower he had given me on a walk, plant species native to our most beloved get-aways and some of his favorite childhood memories in Arkansas. I gave these nostalgic dried treasures to Mer, a copy of the poem and said let me know what you think. Scroll down for us sorting through three initial options, what we came up with and details of the finished product which we LOVE, especially in it’s new dining room home.