The Cycles of Life, Death and Rebirth Pt. II: Reflections upon a New Year

For many year now, I have celebrated my birthday as a kind of New Year’s Celebration. For it is quite literally a new year for me. This of course gives me a chance to pause in consideration and reflection of the year that has past and the year that is yet to come.

This last year, I’m not afraid to tell ya has been a rough one! It held many experiences, good, bad, and challenging. It has helped me to define who I am and who I am not. The past few months in particular have been very difficult, bringing death back to the forefront of my awareness, both in the literal and figurative sense. The tiny deaths (of relationship and illusion) are some times as difficult as the “real” death of a loved one. However, I am happy to say that I have met the tiny deaths and the real ones with my head up and a willingness to confront the reality of the situation with honesty and integrity. Two traits I value very highly.

So that is the year that has been. So what of the year that is to come? While I can’t predict everything that is to aligning itself for my future, I do feel safe making a few predictions! For example…

As I mentioned in a previous post here, I happily anticipate the re-release of my first book and it’s sequeal this year.

I’ve also been working on new visual art! I’ve been invited to show a series of Sugar Skull inspired art in a Dia de los Muertos show.

The skull project started out as a way to process my grief at the death of my Grampa.  I wasn’t necessarily close with my Gramps, I always felt that though he would’ve chosen for me to be “normal” with regard to my appearance. But I always knew he respected my artistic endeavors, and deep down (though I think he would never have admitted it) probably respected my determination to always be my authentic self. He was a pretty stubborn man. The following pictures are meant only as a preview of the unfinished works in the series of skulls

The mannequin on my mantle will be the centerpiece of the skulls. Each skull holds a direction on a Medicine Wheel and represents my personal experiences with life & death as seen from that direction. The lessons I have learned from this process have been profound in many ways. It has been an amazingly life affirming project. And that has been the biggest gift of all!!

As I said, none of the skulls is finished yet, but I couldn’t wait any longer to let people have a peek at what I’ve been working on for the past few months. I’ll be posting update photos regularily on my facebook page. Which brings me to my next bit of news. After many years of dragging my feet, I’ve finally started an official Bethany Grenier page for updates on all my endeavors in art! Pop over and give it a “Like” if a have a second.

Finally, I had hoped to give you a peek at another project I’ve begun, but it just isn’t quite ready yet. I suspect that will be my next blog update! Until then, thanks for reading!


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