but eyes to cry
nothing but eyes to cry
Unique in my output, this sad sculpture was made after hearing the bitter story of an elderly friend who spent her youth in Romania under the Soviet occupation.
She was born into a wealthy family, and when the communists came to power, her father gave away his fortune. The police were sure that he had buried everything, so they came in the middle of the night, took the man away and tortured him. After one of those sessions, he died of a heart attack.
They then came for her mother and used the same tactics. The children were told that if they were ever allowed to leave their country, everything would be seized, and they "would be left with nothing but eyes to cry."
And that was what happened.
©2006 Kathy Cunningham