Title: Season’s Greetings from the Lacewell Family
Medium: Acrylic on Bed Backboard/Canvas
Size (at greatest dimension) 38 in. x 61 in.
This work, like the one I am to post tomorrow, follows my current focus on identity through art. It is of people I never met and know very little about whose life still reverberates into the present. Where memories fade through migration, war, and time, photographs & diaries continue.
This image is inspired from an old family photo captured on a Christmas card. Season’s Greetings the postcard proclaims – as everyone sits, zombie-like to the slow Wollensak Antique Camera. They can hardly blink an eye or this costly and time consuming moment will be for wasted. They watch transfixed – ghosts from the past – yearning to be remembered in all their finery.
My great-grandmother, Mittie Lacewell Daniel, sits to the upper right – somewhat stern. I wonder if she every considered that one day she would be painted on a bed headboard? I apologize for the bad photography work – the piece is too large to photograph well with my measly point and shoot camera. Hopefully this will give you an impression of it.