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Surreal family portrait, using reference to art history. Father stiff, daughters, one gleeful the other snarly, mother in between, skull like face with an Easter bonnet


I found an old Kodachrome color family photograph. My family is all dressed up for an Easter Day Portrait. The photo portrayed that perfect 1960 family: strong dad, adorable daughters dressed in pastels and a beautiful mom. But this painting is not a copy of the original. Instead, I saw something else: a stilted man, a girl with a snarly smile separated by a mother from the other girl, a gleeful girl from a more current time. The mother's face is skull like in her Easter bonnet. She is almost a monster pushing out children like so many decorated Easter eggs. This painting brings forth references from art history and prevailing cultural myths, as well as, a cynicism toward such myths.