Artwork / Apple Pie / The Real Babe (Canadian-American, Zan)

portrait of an immigrant
Gwenn Seemel
The Real Babe (Canadian-American, Zan)
acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 inches


Stipes can be a bit tedious to paint, but they are bold and beautiful! And sometimes they are also completely necessary as with this portrait of Zan and this painting of two zebras. Below is the subject’s answer to this question: what does it mean to be an American?

Being American means buying your way into the mold, or at the very least pretending. You must look like the mold, sound like the mold, act like the mold and mingle with the mold. Being outside the moldlike box brings the inevitable question: “Where are you from?” You can’t possibly be American if you are not white, not somewhat verbally gruff, not somewhat isolated and lonely, not somewhat wanting more than you have or have access to.

- Zan

portrait of an immigrant
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