Working autobiographically through painting this project explores subjects of time, memory, beauty, and loss. Inspired by the birth of my daughter, I have painted my genealogical tree using family members’ baby and child portraits. The subjects range in age from my grandmother, born in 1932, to my cousin, born in 1996. These paintings focus upon our common beginning in order to remove the social hierarchies that normally divide people. Paint is used to explore, celebrate, record, remember, and, in the rare case, forget. The flowers painted on the wall are made from stencils of pressed flowers in my studio. They represent baby blankets, a resting place, wallpaper, a garden, and the fragility of new life. The work was exhibited at Biagiotti Progetto Arte in Florence, Italy.
Air, oil and charcoal on canvas, 20x 25 cm, 2015.