I am writing today as my baby girl sits in her swing. Before I begin a discussion or explanation on this newer body of art you are going to start seeing, I need to give thanks to the swing! Some days, the only way we get through the greater part of a nap is through the soothing movements of the swing. Whoever was genius enough to create this beautiful piece of baby equipment is proof that there is goodness in this crazy world we live in. God Bless the Swing!
I am a very unique individual. My family history is unique, my racial makeup is unique and the family that my husband and I are creating is continuing that trend of being one of a kind. It is something I am proud of--though it took several years to get to that point. This journey of becoming proud of who I am, where I came from and the path that lays before me got me thinking the other day. As I interact in my community with my own family, I see so many other families throughout Memphis becoming more and more unique in their own way. What I am seeing is that being different is the new normal for family dynamics and what an amazing time it is to be unique!
These new pieces that you are about to see over the coming days are a celebration of families. They are a celebration of our quirky, unique family dynamics. They are dedication to the courage and love that come with being a diverse or unique family.
There are two different styles I have been playing with for my family portrait series. One style focuses more on the racial makeup of families that is portrayed through illustrated Russian Nesting dolls. These play with color and pattern. The other style focuses more on the aspect of quirky people coming together and making children that are also quirky in their own way, which I show through different types of guitars. Both are near and dear to my heart just as my own family is.
I will leave you with a question. What makes your family unique? Is it interracial? Is it a combination of very different personalities? I'm interested!
Until next time,