What is family? Traditionally defined as people we’re related to by birth or adoption, family can also be represented by those we surround ourselves with: those who accept us for who we are, provide comfort to us and love us unconditionally. This includes our friends and relatives, our animal companions and our community.
These portraits invite viewers to look into the eyes of the subjects and observe how you might connect with them. How do the subjects show themselves? How does the artist reveal them? Look at the clothing, setting, and expression on each of the portraits.
Conveying emotion is a core purposes of art--from somber to silly these pieces capture the feelings expressed on our faces. No words necessary. The artists use lighting, perspective, composition and color to convey emotion.
It is easy to imbue human personality into inanimate objects. Nature inspires us to see how we fit in to the bigger picture, physically or spiritually. The mirror of our imagination reflects a broader portrait of our beings.
Faces that are more that just the person who wears them. They symbolize hope and history… or they stand in for thousands of unseen faces whose rights and needs have been neglected. In recognizing these individuals, we can take note of, or “recognize” the call for understanding and change.
We cannot look away from these depictions of faces because their power is not confined to the individuals. When we look at others, it is an opportunity to see ourselves. This connection is crucial to human life.
Artist Anne Wickham Smith says, “In these times It’s important…that we accept and appreciate our differences, and stand together."
Here is the next best thing: We have "hung" the show on virtual walls so you can see their relative size and how they look together. This is ONLY an approximation but it is kinda fun to "walk" through!