Stargazer

As I was flipping through the “camera roll” on my iPhone today, I happened upon a group of pics taken probably three years ago, or longer, on an outing to The Cleveland Museum of Art with my beloved. This pic made me pause and smile:

"Stargazer" from The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio. Permanent Collection.

“Stargazer” – The Cleveland Museum of Art, Permanent Collection. Image by Tim Kempf.

This beautiful statuette was always the very first thing one encountered as you entered the museum’s hallowed halls to tour the permanent galleries. Nicknamed “Stargazer,” I believe this piece is the oldest piece of art in the museum’s collection. She – I’m not sure why I think this figure is a “she” but I do! – is an example of Cycladic Art, a product of one of the oldest civilizations in history. I’m not sure exactly why, but I have always been drawn to Cycladic Art in general and this figure in particular. No matter what show or artist is being featured at the museum, every time I go, I seek this figure out. Her transcendent beauty actually makes me happy and at peace when I gaze upon her.

I know – weird, right?

Anyway, it was fate that I should see this image today. For the past 24 hours or so I have been experiencing a weird, anxious feeling – my Mom used to call it “ouchiness” – and for whatever reason, when I happened upon this pic of Stargazer today, I smiled and instantly felt more calm. It’s hard to explain the effect “things” can have on our well-being but I am glad she helped me with mine today. Maybe I am one of the children of the stars; maybe we all are…

The figure itself is lovely, and so tiny – I bet this piece is less than five inches tall. But her posture and demeanor – the way she is looking up and waiting, suggests big hope and promise to me. And who couldn’t use a little of that today…

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