art > "The way the story told itself to me..." Zora Neale Hurston

English immigrant Florance Smith
charcoal and oil on board
29.5 x 60.25 cm.
2012
Mary and I (disregarding time and space)
mixed media on board
40.5 x 41.5 cm.
2012
 Mary Wiedinger 1936
ink and oil on wood
11 x 31 cm.
2011
before, during and after the war
charcoal and oil on board
diptych each panel 51.5 x 44 cm.
2012
leaving New York for good
charcoal and oil on board
42 x 60 cm.
2012
Walter & Mildred, Pelham Bay Park, New Years Day 1939
charcoal and oil on board
30 x 60.25 cm
2011
when the grass was as tall as my father
charcoal and oil on board
30.5 x 46.5 cm.
2012
Wedding day 1940 (giving my little girl away)
charcoal and oil on board
33 cm. x 57 cm
2012
one Sunday, February 1939
charcoal and oil on board
19.75 x 47 cm
2011
Bronx rooftop
charcoal and oil on board
18 x 30.5 cm
2011

In order to create a true self portrait I must begin where I am rooted. This series is an ongoing family portrait trajectory beginning with immigration to the United States moving toward the present day. Through this exploration I aim to dissect the perceived identity of both myself and my family. Each drawing presents a moment taken out of context, aggrandized and distorted memories which I am further interpreting. How do we perceive history which is neither cohesive nor truth, and what affect does it have on our identity?