|Heritage a 24" X 24" watercolor (c) April M Rimpo|
24" X 24" painting
26" X 26" silver metal frame
Heritage is part of my Inner Stories portrait series where the goal is not a traditional portrait of a person but a look at the story of the person. These paintings will be included in an exhibit at the Columbia Art Center in 2021. Elaine Weiner-Reed and I are joining forces again in this exhibit that will expand one our "Every Painting is a Story"/"Every Painting is a Song" initiative that you first experienced at our joint show in 2019.
Sometimes the stories in my "Inner Stories" series are my emotional response to that person, how I feel they are inside. Others, like this, look back to her roots growing up in Vietnam.
The inlays that surround her are derived from a Mother-of-Pearl inlay piece in her home that tells the story of the Trưng sisters, National heroes in Vietnam. They were Vietnamese military leaders who ruled for three years after rebelling in AD 40 against the first Chinese domination of Vietnam.
I loved the story of these brave women and wanted to represent the model as though her story was also preserved in Mother-of-Pearl. To me she represents a strong brave women in today's world.
"Heritage" is included in the 2021 Visionary Women exhibition at the Columbia Art Center. The exhibit will be on display through Mar 26, 2021.
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