What the Left Hand Knows

Does the left hand know if it is the stronger, preferred side of the body? Naturalmente! So, the artist I visited today, Diana (say: Dee-ana) was left handed as a child and drew with her left hand early on. Then at five years she went to school here in BsAs and the teachers, fearing what the left hand might know, I suppose, tied that little left hand behind Diana´s back, tied her to her chair, so she was effectively imprisoned. Now little Di is forced to learn to draw and write with her right hand . . . like everybody else. Now the evil left hand can’t poison the other little children with it’s scary secrets! And now little Diana gets headaches every day trying to write and draw with that right hand from her chair cell. Each day when she goes home from school she writes and draws with both hands to help make the pain in her head stop. But the damage is clear: she has lost permanent vision in the left eye. She tells me this story about her life as a way to explain how she came to sculpture, to clay. With clay one must use both hands, naturally. Diana is a gifted artist and has made her way in the world, all over the world, as an industrial design artist. Today she is living again in hometown BsAs, making sculptures and paintings about Tango, and for the last two years, dancing Tango as well. She speaks five languages: Italian, French, Portuguese and English in addition to Spanish, her mother tongue. She learned English by listening to popular songs and studying the printed lyrics. She advises me to do the same re: Spanish, and to also buy some nifty children´s books en español.  Diana shares with me her personal philosophy about the Tango which is all about energy flow and connection. More on this in my upcoming sermon series from  Corazon de Buenos Aires.


About tangobunny

Pastor Bunny went on sabbatical leave to Argentina July 28-November 4, 2010, funded by a pastoral renewal grant from the Lily Foundation. It was her second visit to AR. Since then she's been back three more times and toured the country. She loves the Argentine people as much as the tango and calls Argentina her other home.
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1 Response to What the Left Hand Knows

  1. Sheri says:

    Beautiful inspiration here! Thanks for sharing this!

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