Silent Story - Where Did The Seeker Come From?

Posted by KATIE BERGGREN on

Silent Story is REVVING up to some big deadlines! I have 63 paintings done, the size and paper picked out, and am working on several different facets of the project. This month I intend for the Kickstarter to start, stay tuned! I'm going to send a few extra emails this month.

NOTE: you can now reserve your copy of the finished book!

WHERE did The Seeker come from?

ghosted by a friend, friendship loss, friend breakup, loss of friend, bad friend, fair weather friend, art book by Katie m. Berggren

 

The Seeker is the main character of Silent Story, this book I've been working on for over 2 years, but who is this character?

She comes from WITHIN. When I was first thinking about turning my pain into purpose, I saw a painting on my wall (created in 2007) that I’ve kept in sight for 10 years. The painting is titled SEEKING. I knew when glancing at her that she was my character for this project. This SEEKER would help me tell my story.

ghosted by a friend, friendship loss, friend breakup, loss of friend, bad friend, fair weather friend, art book by Katie m. Berggren

 

Then, after creating her in paint multiple times for this project, I realized that she has been with me since the beginning...

 

With the surprise and JOY of discovering a hidden treasure again and again, I went back through my painting inventory to discover that The SEEKER has been a common thread through my work. She came from necessity 15 years ago when I was tending two babies and trying to find my place between art and mothering.

The Seeker was waiting for me
to need her again, so she kept popping up

It seems she first appeared in the painting DESPAIR, in October of 2006. DESPAIR was me finally processing the death of my father, in a visual way, 8 years after losing him.

In the painting DOWN, created in November 2006, the Seeker represented the incredible distress I was feeling while raising a baby with colic and GERD and his need to cry so, so, painfully much.

ghosted by a friend, friendship loss, friend breakup, loss of friend, bad friend, fair weather friend, art book by Katie m. Berggren

She was hinted at in CHOOSE YOUR PATH in January 2007. We have the task of choosing how we respond to the people and situations around us… 

She appeared as BEAUTY WITHIN in April 2007.

She was just a child in DETACHED, created January 2007. You can read the story of Detached, here.

She was the form for a painting titled HEAVY HEART, in January of 2007. No longer a child, but a young woman­­ experiencing the loss of her grandfather.

ghosted by a friend, friendship loss, friend breakup, loss of friend, bad friend, fair weather friend, art book by Katie m. Berggren

 

The Seeker was the form of my pain in EMPTY – a piece created in May of 2007. First finding motherly tendencies in June of the same year, with ROOTS & WINGS.

The Seeker represented both happy and sad in July 2007 with SPRINKLING SUNSHINE and BLUE IN THE SHADOWS. And continued to pursue motherhood in LADY MADONNA, at that same time.

ghosted by a friend, friendship loss, friend breakup, loss of friend, bad friend, fair weather friend, art book by Katie m. Berggren

 

The Seeker lent her form to BLURRING THE LINES in July 2007.

In September of 2007, The Seeker began to truly embrace motherhood with KISS and ROCKING PAIR, but had already begun filling out.

 

ghosted by a friend, friendship loss, friend breakup, loss of friend, bad friend, fair weather friend, art book by Katie m. Berggren

 

In the final quarter of 2007, the transition into the next form had begun, the rounder and softer motherly form that has slowly become the women I paint today. FOCUS seems like a pivotal piece.

 

The point is, The Seeker was my beginning – and has hung by me all these years. She has been the visual form of my spirit, and when a new idea came along that needed someone to tell the story, The Seeker was there for me. Like a good friend.

 

And if you are still reading, then I consider YOU as here for me and Silent Story, too. THANK YOU.

NOTE: you can now reserve your copy
of the finished book!

 

Let me know if you have any questions.


Thank you for reading. Have a wonderful week.
Love & Sincerely,

Katie

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