Dashed Dreams - A Record of Baby's Days
Dashed Dreams - A Record of Baby's Days is a series of paintings and drawings I completed upon finding a manila envelope after my parents deaths. The envelope simply labeled “Cynthia Damen ” was filled with snapshots of a sister I never knew. Cynthia died just two months before I was born. Her death left a pall of sorrow over the family for decades. The works inspired by these photographs are foundational to the artistic issues I have mined since 1999. The following projects explain how each theme relates to a previous and subsequent one. They address the concerns of children’s emotional development, grief, the presence of myth within the ordinary and the inexplicable persistence of the past within the present.