A loss of a child – a cruel and life-altering sentence. No words to express my empathy, so I turn to imagery.
“Queen Bee,” a RP Stillworks 24″ x 36″ photography print, attached to 3/16″ gator board with a wood mount, donated to the Samantha Stachel “Playing Big” benefit, Barrett, The Honors College, Arizona State University.
I chose “Queen Bee” in celebration of Samantha Stachel’s playing big. I didn’t know Samantha. I only know Samantha through the incredible words of those who did know and love her, and ironically, through photographs. What I see in Samantha’s images is a playful, gorgeous haircut and a larger than life sparkle in her eyes. I see a disciplined, hard worker. I see a leader. I see a far-reaching energy of power, beauty and love. “Queen Bee’s” whimsical petals follow the lines of Samantha’s haircut. The “Queen Bee” is the leader of its nest, the one making all the action happen and the one who attracts all the energy. The “Queen Bee” plays big. To me, sunflowers represent the giants of the playground. Sunflowers’ beauty tower above the rest. This is what I see in Samantha.
Samantha’s mother responded to my donation, telling me Samantha loved Halloween, today, the day of the donation, and Samantha’s favorite flower is the sunflower.