Artwork / Empathetic Magic / Nikki and Moe Fitting In and Standing Out
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Nikki and I always sat together in art history. I don’t remember how we were first introduced or why we started meeting in the front row of the lecture hall two mornings every week, but my world was immediately richer and more nuanced because we did.
Years later, when I came across pictures of my college friend wearing a headscarf on Facebook, I was curious. If we had ever talked about religion in our student days, it wasn’t Islam. I wanted to get to know her again, I wanted to meet her kid, and I wanted to paint their portraits. I sent her a message, and, with it, I unknowingly initiated a ritual. Once a month or so, we’d meet for breakfast and then sit talking at a playground as we watched Moe make their slippy way back up a slide. Since I moved away from Portland, we don’t do these play dates anymore, but, while we did, my world was richer and more nuanced because of Nikki and Moe.
You can watch the making of Mother and Child.