Artist's description:

This is the story behind this picture:

She told me, that is to say, my mother, the mistress of the very tall tale, told me, that before she met my father she fell in love with a very rich Jewish man whose aged mother strongly disapproved of her, a gentile - so much so that she would disinherit him if they married. So they decided to wait until after his mother had died. My mother, though, tired of waiting and left him.

I didn't believe it.

When my grandmother died an album was found, and therein a photograph of my mother and not-my-father in evening dress gazing into each other's eyes - what the camera saw, and the starting point of an ongoing body of work.

This is a picture I made in response to that photograph. It is made in beeswax, paraffin wax and pigments (encaustic) and I have used a pink that resonates with the hand colouring of black and white photos before the advent of colour photography.

Wax combined with pigment (encaustic) is an ancient medium. (see the Fayum portraits made between 200 and 100 BC at The British Medium). It is long-lasting and durable. Just remember to avoid heat and direct sunlight and extreme cold. Dust by wiping with a lint free cloth.

Materials used:

beeswax, paraffin wax, pigments

not my father (2016)


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