Artwork / Subjective / Daughter

an intense little girl painted by a stranger and by her mother
Gwenn Seemel and Becca Bernstein
2009 and 2010
acrylic on canvas and wood
36 x 60 inches (combined dimensions)

The subject of these portraits is a very intense child and both her mother and I represented her as such. This shocked a number of viewers since young children are more commonly portrayed as playful and light. I remember a full range of emotions that I experienced in childhood, and I think it’s unfortunate when portraitists drain all complexity out of this formative time in our lives in favor of a bland idealized version of what it means to be a kid.

painterly portrait
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painterly portrait by Becca Bernstein
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