Her Last Dance
Pastel, image transfer on board
24" x 24"
*Pricing available upon request
When I was thirty-four, my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and placed in hospice care for five weeks. I did not know how much time we would have together so I wrote about those last weeks; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Miraculously, during that time, our bond strengthened and I was able to let go of issues between us that once seemed extremely important but, in the end, were not. As I created this piece, using those writings, I realized those moments were too precious and personal and I was not ready to reveal them to the viewer. I blended and layered pastel selectively choosing which parts of that story to share with others. In this painting, I examine issues of human connection, the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters, and how — in the end — love conquers all.