January 21, 2020
Medium: Marker and Ink on Paper.
I've spent the past year documenting my parents at the end of their lives (both parents died within 6 weeks of one another; my mom at 86 on February 2, 2020, and my 90-year old dad just two weeks ago, on March 12th. Many times I thought about what my dad used to say to me as a kid when I was upset: "I'll give you something to cry about," a patriarchal statement aimed at tamping down and denying authentic emotion. I have been thinking about the irony of this as I photographed and drew both parents-how they did indeed, give me something to cry about after all. How life and relationships change form and grow and ultimately gives us all something to cry about over and over again. I became very interested in capturing the felt-sense of grief and loss through drawing these, as well as conveying the pathos of loving and losing my folks while exploring my inquiry into form and formlessness and the healing nature of acknowledging and expressing feelings.
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