In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us. Right in the difficult we must have our joys, our happiness, our dreams: there against the depth of this background, they stand out, there for the first time we see how beautiful they are.
— Rainer Maria Rilke, poet

An interesting correlation occurred during the week of Patricia and Kathleen’s Pressing Sessions. Their life stories shared similar challenges and experiences, relevant to their ages and circumstances.

The messages I felt coming through from Kathleen, as she shared her stories with her son and daughter in the room, all centred around a common thread of strength and softness. Fighting for justice. Working with a world that wasn’t designed to support and protect women during her earlier lifetime.

Kathleen, an artist herself, a woman with immense love and compassion inside of her. Her bonds with her children felt throughout the Session.

The final large artwork is dedicated to Kathleen, and the two other smaller pieces dedicated to the presence and stories of her son and daughter.