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daughter, father, dyad, oil painting, dolphins, dead fish, responsive painting poem


A staring toddler crushes her solid leg upon a dying fish and a bewilder father looks on. I believe it is a strange juxtaposition since children are supposed to be cute or playful. This toddler is daring the viewer saying- I AM HERE. She crushes the wild life of the fish. Do not mess with her. Her dad has tight lips and eyes glaring. Distance and tension separates them, which is relieved by an environment of playful dolphins. This painting was a response to a Ragain poem, "Let the Dolphin Dance – A note to my daughter Megan." Ragain, Maj, "A Hungry Ghost Surrenders His Tacklebox". Pavement Saw Press, Ohio, 2006 pp.137-139