In 1924, the girl on the left was standing in front of the Bronx Zoo in New York. Her parents were tailors, and made her embroidered blouse and knickers, with rickrack trim, worn with her store bought, T-strap buckled shoes. Skip ahead to a family vacation 1987, and notice the girl in the foreground by chance was wearing an embroidered blouse and T-strap buckled shoes as well! She was joyously running with her homemade butterfly net fabricated from a forked twig. Butterflies in monotones and full color, flying back and forth through time, are connecting a moment of wonder and delight in these 2 girls, both exactly 5 years old, separated by 2 generations.
These free spirited children share beautiful singing voices and visual art talents. They both grow up to realize these talents as singers, painters, jewelry makers, etc. They are in reality Grandmother and Granddaughter, and I am, in fact, their proud and devoted Daughter/Mother storyteller.
13″ x 9.5″ x 1″
stoneware casting slip, underglaze and satin glaze
24″ x 12″ x 12″ (figure)
2″ x 18″ x 18″ (base)