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I'm a divorced mom with a teenage daughter and two pre-teen sons. Writing is my first love. When I'm not writing or working or playing taxi to the kids, I also toy with photography and baking.

So, basically, my camera rarely sees the light of day and my mixer stands in the corner in permanent time-out.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

An Emotional WWII Experience Through Sand

Yesterday my mother sent me a link to a youtube video. Her comments were, "this is amazing!"
I read the intro included with the link and then watched the video. I am posting this to tell you that my mother's assessment was grossly understated.

The topic is WWII, and below is the intro text to read before watching the video. The artist is so engrossed and passionate with each move she makes and that intensity carries over into her art, easily moving the audience to tears.

I realize my focus is writing speculative fiction, or fantasy, but I would love to elicit this kind of connection with my readers. I think the ultimate achievement of any artist is to be able to touch someone deep inside through their work; to have that person walk away with a piece of your art forever in their hearts or minds. What greater compliment can there be?

Below is the text that introduces this artist:

"This video shows the winner of " Ukraine’s Got Talent", Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch.


The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears and she won the top prize of about £75,000.

She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated.

It is replaced by a woman’s face crying, but then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman’s face appears.

She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier.


This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house.

In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye.

The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine, resulted in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million.  



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