Gaela Erwin

Commended
Louisville, Kentucky
Baptismal Self-Portrait
Pastel on paper, c.2006-2007

 

My painting is about loss and redemption. In 1993 my husband Robert Kingsley died, followed by the death, in 2004, of my life partner Robert Harris. Located in the sky of this painting, in the upper left and right hand corners, are detailed portraits of these two men. Their images have been completely obscured by the clouds. My experience has been that though death may obliterate the physicality of our loved ones, they remain intact deep within the fabric of our being. This self-portrait is an expression of loss and the transformative process of grief and reconciliation.

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