It is uncommon to find art that reflects – or even hints at – the complex dynamics between adults and their parents, especially in-law relationships. As we build this gallery, we came across four exceptional illustrations of these relationships – each one illustrating the ideas and passions of being whole, alone, and with family.
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George Dawe, Naomi and her Daughters. Exhibited 1804. UK.
Frida Kahlo, My Grandparents, My Parents, and I (a.k.a. Family Tree). 1936. Mexico.
Judith Redman, Extended Estranged Family. 2010. USA.
Artist Statement: “Art has helped me to heal my wounds…I love to do paintings that evoke feelings in myself and others. Some of my work is very raw because it comes from my heart and gut. It is about real situations, real people, real feelings…Any good paintings I’ve done, I have help from someone…My paintings are my life and my emotions in visible form.” Visit Redman’s website.
Sandra Small Proudfoot, Wall of Silence. 2016. Canada.
Artist Statement: “Margery Williams’ book, The Velveteen Rabbit, inspired this art quilt focused on family estrangements. Rabbit, rejected by the child who loved him, asks the Skin Horse, “when a child loves you for a long long time…does it hurt?” Always truthful, the Skin Horse replies: “Sometimes.” www.sandysmallproudfoot.com