Beverly Naidus

TITLE: Bone Faith: One of Three Wishes
DATE: 2011
MEDIUM: mixed media
DIMENSIONS/RUN TIME: 13 1/4″ x 10″
DESCRIPTION/STATEMENT: Her father was a scientist. He dismissed all religious and mystical practices as superstitious and dangerous nonsense. Yet he introduced her to the delightful ritual of breaking wishbones after chicken or turkey dinner.
One day her father taught her how to turn a brittle wishbone into something that couldn’t be broken. Into a glass of vinegar they dropped the delicate clavicle bone and a week later she was asked to remove it and attempt to break it. The slippery wishbone almost slid out of her fingers. It had become a rubber bone. Science seemed to have triumphed over her desire to make a wish come true.
Still, unbeknownst to her father, this simple and ancient ritual planted a seed of possibility, of dreams coming true through wishing. And all the science in the world could not erase that desire.
The ashes of her father’s bones now mingle with the topsoil and compost, dreaming up the next harvest.

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