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Maddy's Heart

Maddy was born with a heart disease that has a 12% survivor rate without surgery. She underwent heart surgery at 14 days old. Her mother wanted me to create portrait art that would celebrate her warrior spirit and incorporate the details from her memory. 

Her mother has many beautiful portraits of Maddy that demonstrate her joy and carefree spirit. Plenty of photos that are not about her illness or her fight. This series was about her feelings, her journey, her faith and her warrior soul.

 

  Heart of an Angel     "Someone gave Maddy an angel in the NICU after birth. It broke while she was there. I took it as a sign that she wasn't meant for Heaven just yet. Seeing her 11 years later, thriving despite her health issues, I was right."    --Maddy's Mother       Maddy's mother told me that she turned to god in prayer in this difficult time.  The wings are part of the memory her mother shared with me. The wings being placed in post was a deliberate choice because I wanted them to be a symbol and not realistic; I couldn't have used real wings in the photograph, however it would turn her into a real angel, which is not what I wanted.   They should give the feeling as being ghostly, or hanging back behind her in the background, an other worldness.      The Rosary Beads are a symbol we clung to during prayer. They did not know what was wrong with her, only that she was very sick. They weren't sure if their decision would save her life, but their faith gave them strength. 

Heart of an Angel


"Someone gave Maddy an angel in the NICU after birth. It broke while she was there. I took it as a sign that she wasn't meant for Heaven just yet. Seeing her 11 years later, thriving despite her health issues, I was right."

--Maddy's Mother

 

Maddy's mother told me that she turned to god in prayer in this difficult time.The wings are part of the memory her mother shared with me. The wings being placed in post was a deliberate choice because I wanted them to be a symbol and not realistic; I couldn't have used real wings in the photograph, however it would turn her into a real angel, which is not what I wanted.   They should give the feeling as being ghostly, or hanging back behind her in the background, an other worldness. 

The Rosary Beads are a symbol we clung to during prayer. They did not know what was wrong with her, only that she was very sick. They weren't sure if their decision would save her life, but their faith gave them strength. 

  The Warrior, her fight, her journey   The gold shoulder armour represents the Warrior and Angel armor. I chose to have her hair messey because she is a fighter a joan of ac whose just come back from the battle field. She is covered in a white substance because her fight began at birth.  She holds a newborn photo taken immediately after her life saving surgery. The scar is framed by the electrodes doctors use every 6 months to monitor her health. She is pale/blue thru out the series because her blood circulation has been impacted. She is unable to get out of bed without drinking 16 oz of water so that she doesn't faint.  I wanted the photo to show her illness and show her warrior spirit.  But to also show her journey from Birth to Tween.

The Warrior, her fight, her journey

The gold shoulder armour represents the Warrior and Angel armor. I chose to have her hair messey because she is a fighter a joan of ac whose just come back from the battle field. She is covered in a white substance because her fight began at birth.  She holds a newborn photo taken immediately after her life saving surgery. The scar is framed by the electrodes doctors use every 6 months to monitor her health. She is pale/blue thru out the series because her blood circulation has been impacted. She is unable to get out of bed without drinking 16 oz of water so that she doesn't faint.  I wanted the photo to show her illness and show her warrior spirit.  But to also show her journey from Birth to Tween.

  Maddy's Heart and Soul   Her family's faith gives them strength. The Final image is inspired by The Sacred Heart Painting of Jesus Christ.  She is like Mary, young and innocent, and holds her heart in her hand while tenderly placing her other hand over her scar. 

Maddy's Heart and Soul

Her family's faith gives them strength. The Final image is inspired by The Sacred Heart Painting of Jesus Christ.  She is like Mary, young and innocent, and holds her heart in her hand while tenderly placing her other hand over her scar.