More Heart Matters - from Lesley Magwood Fraser

I received more work from Lesley for the Heart Matters projects - FAB as usual :-).  Anyone who has seen another person through Bad Physical Heart Matters, known this sight. The staples that hold chest and heart together. 

When it happens to someone close to you, no elastoplasts  can fix a Heart Matter.


A thin red line - the machine line of life or death runs through Les's evocative work.

And for sure, the heart feels in the head. Or in the mouth. Or in the stomach where life pounds.  The twist to this tale? The Fortune Teller Fish.  

Les, I'm a bit nervous to test this one!!! 



I am busy with a book called Heart Matters.  Does it matter? Of COURSE IT MATTERS! Physically, emotionally, metaphorically - the heart most definitely  matters.  I wanted to hear other voices in my book - the visual voices of other artists I correspond with.  The Heart. The Secret Site.

This work by Marie - its again, a piece that echos in me. Emotionally. I KNOW this voice, it reverberates with mine. From the outside where things are visible, to the inside where  secrets lie, Marie uses the same resonating images. 

Hearts? They're broken, and mended, stitched together, sometimes with care, sometimes not. The tears, they can stay like that forever.  Threads that tie together hang like veins. I asked Marie about this work - I hope she will show you her references:

So, I'm thinking about the heart as a wall, where all the experiences you ever had are tagged in some way. Overlapping each other. Some very old ones, but you can still guess they are here, and some newer ones. Some are engraved, some painted, some are only quickly pinned on, some are washed out, but everything is there. And of course, wounds! That HAD to be there. 

We KNOW it matters. What matters?

The heart, always the heart. 

DEAL with it.

Needs to know.

Lets you know.

Will not take it.

I dont buy it.

Words like staccato heart beats. 

Marie - its dense with resonance. 


Marie gazes out from her work. In shadows and faded. Looking at us. Assuring me, that for her, Heart Matters. She has a Secret Site.

Lauriana sent me her Heart Matters in a red sewn envelope. It begins with the phrase - Handle with Care. I dont think we do enough of that? It is a fragile book, filled with transparent pages and old negatives. Old negatives?


She says - follow your heart.  Its hard for the heart to be written on, engraved, branded.  Its painful to be opened up and read.

"Tell me,

Where is fancy bred

or in the heart or in the head"

Laurina has this glyph/pictogram that she once told me she has used since student days - Clues Lauriana?

From Lesley - If the heart of the fire is full, the fire burns happy.  Lesley's packet full of secret hearts? She didnt give ANY away :-)

This piece by Lesley - although NOT part of Heart Matters, was certainly related to it. The fire burning in the previous image came from a dream she had after visiting a game lodge. In this envelope were pieces from the bark of a tree - in her dream, the pieces of the cocoon of her insects in Project 26.  Funny how real life spills into dream life. 

Thank you Marie, Lauriana and Lesley - what can I say - you'e all just FAB!!! :-)























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Comment by Lesley Magwood Fraser on July 4, 2011 at 8:34pm
I mean to say you are passionate about your work and IUOMA....
Comment by Lesley Magwood Fraser on July 4, 2011 at 5:34pm
Ha ha Cheryl! A passionate dynamic child you are!
Comment by cheryl penn on July 4, 2011 at 4:16pm
WATCH THIS SPACE - A FAB FAB from Lisa - Skybridge Studio's tomorrow!  For SURE - Heart Matters :-) X
Comment by Marie Wintzer on July 4, 2011 at 10:49am

For Sure!!!!!!!

Good one!!!!


Comment by cheryl penn on July 4, 2011 at 10:11am
But its a Taiwanese fish? Does it work on South Africans?
Comment by cheryl penn on July 4, 2011 at 10:10am
Trying to find my camera!! It curled up completely - weird!! Guess I'm passionate ;-))))!!!
Comment by cheryl penn on July 4, 2011 at 10:06am
OK - hold on :-)))
Comment by Marie Wintzer on July 4, 2011 at 10:04am
The worst that can happen is only a dead fish, that's alrady better than a 63. And it sounds fun!
Comment by Marie Wintzer on July 4, 2011 at 10:00am
Do it!!!
Comment by cheryl penn on July 4, 2011 at 9:35am
I haven't opened it - maybe it holds a #63 and I'm not in the mood for one of those!!!



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