Digital Medium • 5000× 5000 px
This composition was derived from 4 different photos, a portrait of three generations of my family. In the foreground are my grandparents, Monica and George, and their 11 children ranging from ages 5 to 25. My mom is 3rd from the right in the second row. Behind them is a photo taken years earlier on the wedding day of Monica and George, featuring George's parents on the left and Monica's parents on the right. Behind them are a few family revelers, I don't know their names. The two ladies on the motorcycle are the twins, also pictured in the second row of the foreround group (4th and 5th from the right). Behind everyone is the family farm, the house which was built Monica's father Moritz, the man with the big moustache and cap standing behind Rita.
The Discarded Series
A love of antique photography spurred my Discarded series of works. I love antique stores and through the years I’ve often found myself sifting through bins filled with an array of formal portraits, family snap shots, polaroids, class photos, all mixed up, transfixed by the faces. Who are these people? What were their lives like? What happened to these families? And how did all these photos end up disposessed in a bin mixed with hundreds of other familes, on sale for a quarter apiece? I decided to start a series of paintings featuring these images, to give them new life and meaning. I’ve worked in multiple mediums for this series, including transparent watercolor, encaustic and collage.