The brawny red barn out back was a massive white elephant. It no longer held livestock, if it ever had. Its hollyhock trellised walls housed an automobile that never moved. And most of its treasures had been buried there, untouched, for years. But we searched it top to bottom for links to our mothers’ childhoods. We were fixated on what it was like to live their younger lives.
This excerpt is taken from the book “Holding Her Hand”, where the artist makes a personal commentary on each of the paintings. To read the full commentaries, the book is available for purchase.