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"Mom / Mountain", 2001, acrylic on panel, 9" x 11" .
Collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art
I made this painting as a companion to the "Dad / Bed" painting, but the photograph that I based it on was much older: from 1984 in the mountains near the city Jeonju, South Korea where I had grown up (my parents were medical missionaries). Regarded later in the context of my father's death this image–with my mother being almost lost on the tree-covered mountainside–seemed to powerfully evoke her sense of loss. (A much larger work that explores similar emotional territory is #womanbywater_tl ).
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