M Y A R T — Pictured in this image is my grandmother and her friend, sitting in a tree on the shore in Stony Creek, CT, circa 1920. Originally titled, "Out On a Limb" for obvious reasons, lol, some friends have mentioned that it seems the women's friendship was "out on a limb" as well, and as far as I know, that was not the case at all. Although she died when I was only 12 years old, my grandmother taught me many valuable life lessons in those few short years. I'm now leaning towards "Respect Starts at Home" for the title of this piece. It's also my hope for today's holiday; we can't possibly hope to embrace everyone equally in this country, and world, if respect doesn't begin at home.
Besides the image of the friends, there are thirteen rows of white squares, in both vertical and horizontal orientation. Each row includes a single unique color square as well, speaking to how we can be unique and stand in solidarity with our "whole" society at the same time. An 1898 magazine cover logo, The Gentlewoman, describes these two women, and smaller, more subtle images along the left side include indoor plants I learned to love from my grandmother. There is also a "sewing" motif along the right side, where I used gold leaf to add "stitches" holding the color blocks together, another nod to something my grandmother taught me.
This piece is approximately 16 x 32 inches on a composite wooden particle board.