Splinters and Shards is a watercolour painting of a young girls face, but the image is fragmented as though in a broken mirror. Each of the shards reflecting a different hue. Her smiling face is made up of rainbow colours. Her eyes are a bright green, the same green as the background. The woman’s eyes stare straight back at the viewer engagingly. The background appears to be a green canopy distorted by snowflakes or motes of light. The woman’s hair is the same colour as the trees in the background. Her hair and the trees blend together, and the strands of hair across her face look like splinters of wood.
The effect is mysterious and ambiguous. It feels as though you are looking into a mirror but seeing someone elses face instead of your own. Is she a reflection of some aspect of yourself? Or the artist? Is it a faerie creature? A spirit of the woods? Or Mother Earth herself? Splinters and Shards is a transformative, magical image worth meditating on.
The words Splinters and Shards mean something which has been broken or shattered. Splinters come from broken wood and shards come from broken glass. What has been broken?
If this is humanities face reflected back, then in it we see all skin colours and races. However, we are not united but fractured.