Rose Beerhorst on a farm in Ada MI 2010
Clotho was one of the three fates in Greek Mythology. Her role was an important one for she spun the thread of life. As a spinner, she made major decisions such as when a person was to be born as well as when gods and mortals where to be saved or put to death. In effect Clotho controlled peoples lives.
I was with my daughter Rose Beerhorst yesterday in her new home where she lives with her friends here in the neighborhood. She was helping out by posing as Clotho for my Three Fates painting I have begun to work on for Art Prize next year. Rose has a wonderful way with thread and cloth which began when she was a young child. She just seemed like the obvious place for me to begin this major new work.
The truth is I draw strength and inspiration from my children. They constantly challenge me in many different ways. They are quick to expose my internal inconsistancies. They teach me to be more organized and they teach me to be a servant. They share with me interesting new cultural developments that are bubbling up in the world -that otherwise I would miss alltogether. And as Rose was yesterday, they have been my willing models over the past several years helping me to bring to life countless paintings and prints that live on in peoples homes all over the world.