Pieces of Herself / Blog 5

My first instinct in writing about my reflection of Pieces of Herself by Juliet Davis was to write about each item that I had chosen to include in my silhouette. However, upon second thought, I feel as if that is somehow too personal to share with the internet. I tried to choose items that I thought represented myself, like the eye in the bathroom (representing a scrutinizing eye at myself in a private setting), the baby spinning outside (representing my desire to have children someday), and the fire in the oven (representing my love of baking). However, I was disappointed when the items had their own sound files and ended up representing their own ideas, which I did not find until after I added them to my silhouette. Also, once these items had been added to my silhouette, they could not be removed individually. I had to delete everything in order to delete anything.

The eye in the bathroom, when placed on the silhouette, sings the chorus of the song “Naked Eye” by Lucious Jackson. This song seems to be about purifying your life by stripping down to the basics and removing the clutter from your life. The lyrics are, “With my naked eye / I saw all the falling rain / Coming down on me / With my naked eye / I saw all / If I said it all, I could see.” To me, these lines speak about stripping away the excess in life and being washed in clarity. This was not my purpose for originally adding this image to my silhouette. Truth be told, I also know that it is supposed to have something to do with feminism, and I am not sure what that purpose is. However, I enjoyed the message that I believe it is trying to convey.

The baby also plays a song when placed into the silhouette: “Que Sera” by Doris Day. The lyrics say, “When I was just a little girl / I asked my mother, what will I be? / Will I be pretty, will I be rich? / Here’s what she said to me: / Que Sera, Sera / Whatever will be, will be / The future’s not ours to see / Que Sera, Sera / What will be, will be.” I feel as if this song has a very loose connection to a baby, mainly being that a baby’s future is completely open to possibilities. Looking at this from a feminine perspective, it almost seems as if the author is saying that a female child has no control over what her future will be, and that she should simply wait and see what others decide for her. This is not a message that I would have chosen for my own silhouette, because it does not reflect my own personal life. Growing up, I was always told that I could do anything I wanted, as long as I worked my butt off to get there.

Thankfully, the fire in the oven represented exactly what I was expecting, except with a small twist. When the fire is placed into the silhouette, a woman’s voice chimes in, “Some of my favorite things, that I like to make and would probably want to be, would be a pastry from a recipe that my mother-in-law gave me. They’re called, uh, nut-filled butter horns, and it takes ALL DAY to makes these, and you have to do it just right, like Tender Loving Care. Then when you eat these, they just [whispers] melt in your mouth.” The twist was more involved with the fact that the woman seemed to be answering the question, “If you could be any sort of [food/dessert/pastry/etc], what would you be?” This part I could not reallt make sense of, and I would enjoy any discussion for the future.

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