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Posted by on Feb 6, 2009 in Blog, Drawing | 27 comments

Root.

Root.

Yay!!! Today I am back with a new drawing to give our imagination a little bit of a workout, so it doesn’t fall asleep icon smile Root.

 Root.

Root is the title of this piece and also the word that we could use as a starting point for our interpretations.

 Root.
I think that not only trees have roots…
Why don’t we try to get to the root of this drawing? icon smile Root.
Would you share what you see in this picture with me?  I want to thank you so much in advance for taking the time to write down your ideas icon smile Root. They are very appreciated! icon smile Root.
Have a great day my friend!
And a wonderful weekend!
Elsita icon smile Root.
(Regarding yesterday’s post: Natalie and I LOVED all the names that you suggested for the little dolly. THANK YOU so much for them! Each one was very special. Natalie put all the names together into an imaginary container, then she mixed them up and what it came out as a final name for the dolly was: ANISTIA!!!!!!!I don’t know what Anistia means, it sounds like Anesthesia to me, but Natalie had a strong feeling that the little dolly must be named Anistia so I said: deal!)

27 Comments

  1. Hola Elsita
    mi interpretación es la de una niña que tira de una “cuerda” o raiz para llegar hasta el inicio, para conocer el origen de aquello que la atrapa y limita su movilidad.
    Una búsqueda en el pasado que de algun modo tiene atrapada a la niña y no le permite avanzar de forma natural
    Otra interpretación que se me acaba de ocurrir es la de un pequeño que se aferra a alguien, y ese alguien a su vez le tiene sujeto como una dependencia mutua que no les permite moverse con libertad.
    un besote y feliz fin de semana

  2. Hola Elsita
    mi interpretación es la de una niña que tira de una “cuerda” o raiz para llegar hasta el inicio, para conocer el origen de aquello que la atrapa y limita su movilidad.
    Una búsqueda en el pasado que de algun modo tiene atrapada a la niña y no le permite avanzar de forma natural
    Otra interpretación que se me acaba de ocurrir es la de un pequeño que se aferra a alguien, y ese alguien a su vez le tiene sujeto como una dependencia mutua que no les permite moverse con libertad.
    un besote y feliz fin de semana

  3. The girl in the drawing looks like your mother elsita but it could also be you or even Natalie. The little “potatoe” is getting growing up and getting bigger and the longer roots are moving away from the little girl and are less tightly connected to her.

  4. Hej Elsita,
    Babies grow roots as soon as they are born because their survival depend on it. The first root will be planted around the heart of the caretaker(s).
    This girl is already older but for some reason her roots have not been growing very fast. She kind of sticks to herself (upper part of her dress and expression of her face).
    She is a strong girl, the way she stands, the balance of it and her face doesn’t look complete locked up. There is a tiny smile and she looks in to the world with big eyes.
    I really like the “rootmaker” because that is the baby inside all of us.
    Hope this makes any sense to you. Have a fantastic weekend and don’t work to hard.
    Elizabeth

  5. There is a lot to say about this drawing! First of all, I’ll mention that when I first saw it, I immediately thought the baby was a squid! Anyway, the “roots” coming from the baby (I suppose that’s what it is)- it’s interesting to see how they’re interacting with the girl (which I’m assuming is the baby’s mother). She’s holding onto him with her hands, like a balloon she’s worried will fly away if she lets go. But he’s also got her trapped, around the ankles, almost like a prisoner… It’s very interesting to think about the implications of that regarding the relationship of a mother and child.

  6. The root creature looks foetal and alien to me suggesting that we are fed by those things around us, that we can be nurtured by those things we are not comfortable with, which are alien to us and which we don’t understand, providing we are open to engaging with them. That difference can help us grow. The girl looks curious and open and interested and a little bit happy, and a little bit ‘other’ herself. I think there is a hint of symbiotic growth here – that both girl and ‘alien’ will grow together in their relationship. It is good to be different.

  7. The expressions on the faces of your girls are always so wise. I always have to look twice to see what they are telling me about their perspective on the situation they find themselves in.
    Today I see the push and pull of our roots in our lives. They both bind us willingly to the things we know and love, as well as try and hold us to a particular place or identity despite the importance of us branching out and away. I think she knows this and is wisely reconciled to its contradictions ;-)
    Have a lovely weekend everyone.

  8. Elsita, I love these imagination exercises! You should really make these into a calendar so that we can have something to chew on every day!
    This drawing is fascinating. First, I’d just have to say how much I like the girl’s pin-curl hairdo. She’s very old-fashioned. It’s wondrous how the root, which seems to have taken on a life of its own, is floating away. The girl is trying to hold onto it, but she doesn’t seem to realize that it is also holding on to her legs and keeping her rooted in place. What’s unsettling about the image is that the girl and the root are so closely intertwined, and yet they seem to be looking past each other, not connecting visually though certainly physically they are. What if the girl did let go of the root while it is still half-formed? Would it be destroyed, and drag her along with it? I think they need to figure out some sort of mutual accommodation so that they can both thrive. I know this must be a Rorscharch test, and I should call Dr. Freud, but it evokes the tangled relationship we have with our children.

  9. There is a feeling of hopeful symbiosis between root and the young girl. There is pregnant waiting in this drawing. They are interwoven, but somehow not fully dependent on each other.
    They are seeking to connect and find a way of making a richer mutual dependence. This drawing is about that process. The story is yet unfurling in how root will grow (whether it will flourish or wither) and the role of the young girl in that process.

  10. There is a feeling of hopeful symbiosis between root and the young girl. There is pregnant waiting in this drawing. They are interwoven, but somehow not fully dependent on each other.
    They are seeking to connect and find a way of making a richer mutual dependence. This drawing is about that process. The story is yet unfurling in how root will grow (whether it will flourish or wither) and the role of the young girl in that process.

  11. As for the meaning of the name. I don’t know but I was curious to find out. The name closest to the Dolly’s name meant Friendly Companion.
    As for the Root I’d have to say she looks admiringly curious. Looking up in adoration. There is an intertwined connection between the two of them which is loveingly nuturing growth.
    If you click on Flassie it will take you to JoyceAnn’s blogspot if you or anyone else would be interest in a newsletter that teaches kids about herbs. I think it is called Herbal Roots.
    God Bless You and Yours!!!

  12. This is my first post.
    I looked at your drawing very carefully. It is so subtle.
    The roots hold both legs together — not forcefully but it is there preventing easy movement.
    The root looks at the girl, as if to say, “Hello remember me”?
    Sometimes we need to take time and reconnect with what our roots really mean to us …
    to me the root is telling the girl the message to—- remember.

  13. This drawing seems to be about connections that comfort, but also hobble us. Wonderful image!

  14. I love this drawing :) When I look at it I cannot help but think that we all have roots, and we cannot change these. But as we grow and develop, we can take a hand in what we become, although the root will always have some influence. The youth of the girl and still younger appearance of the sprout remind me that there is always more growth one can undergo.

  15. Elsita, I see a little girl, who holds on to a root of a little potato man, without arms.
    She does not notice that her legs are tied by a root too. The top of her body and the lower parts are not connected; they don’t know of each others ways.

  16. Hola Elsita!
    Menos mal que he entrado aunque sea tarde por la noche para ver tu blog!
    Qué buena idea lo de poner todas las sugerencias y sacar una, Anastia es un nombre bonito para la muñeca!!
    He visto la ilustración de hoy y me ha recordado a no olvidar las raíces, que ese niño que somos cuando nacemos no se pierda nunca entre el ajetreo de la vida que llevamos y también que muchas veces es importante recurrir al interior de nuestra alma para descubrir nuestra esencia.
    Gracias otra vez por este espacio, por tus dibujos, por tu blog!
    Un abrazo desde España!

  17. i am fascinated by your drawing and by all the comments and thoughts and associations it has aroused. your artistry brightens my day!

  18. I see a mandrake baby, like something out of a Jan Svankmajer film (“Little Otik”?), and a hopeful little girl who doesn’t realize that she’s trapped (by the roots of this thing that appears to be very cute but that will trip her up). Maybe my impression is a bit dark, but I don’t see this as a very happy drawing and I want to tell the girl, “Look out for yourself! Don’t get caught up by [whatever it is]!”

  19. Dear Elsa
    I always enjoy seeing your creations and reading comments from those who have shared in the experience. Roots particularly grabbed my attention because I feel the girl is holding onto her roots. Recently I’ve become almost addicted to filling in the data for my family tree (Japanese American and Irish). I guess that is why I identify so strongly with your creation. The girl is holding strongly with both hands and legs to her culture, traditions, and family. It is quite apparent. I was recently in China watching papercutting so my favorite is your apple. Incidentally, I am an art and crafts creator from the time I was child and paper is one of my favorite mediums. I write textbooks now for over 32 years that help people get trained for jobs in the medical assisting field.I admire your artistic creations. Continue the fantastic love of your life. Best wishes, Winkie ;-)

  20. Oh my goodness! I had to think about this pic all weekend. I thought I wouldn’t be able to “get to the root of it” , (tee-hee) but this morning I looked at it and see a young teenage girl holding on to the little girl that is still inside…. the one that still cries, plays with dollies, is taken care of, held, is innocent….. and has a vivid imagination!!!!

  21. I feel like the roots coming from that alien like figure are so representative of the thin link between the paranormal and reality. There are so many strange things in this world without explanation, wrapping their tentacles around us in a soft embrace.
    Other than that, I love this illustration for the pure cuteness of it! You’re so amazingly talented!

  22. this time posting with out reading other comments first! if i think first off…it looks like the girl is still connected to the other side, as she is young…in the way Steiner explains of children’s otherworldly connection…they’ve not lost it yet.

  23. this time posting with out reading other comments first! if i think first off…it looks like the girl is still connected to the other side, as she is young…in the way Steiner explains of children’s otherworldly connection…they’ve not lost it yet.

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