Wednesday, April 14, 2010
This is a painting of a skeletal specimen of conjoined twins at Philadelphia's Mütter Museum. It's always a very confusing thing, to be confronted with medical exhibits like this. They certainly have entertaining shock value. Then I think of what a sad delivery it must have been for the poor parents. Then I feel a certain reverence for the sacrifice they all made- the parents, the doomed fetus, and the doctor carefully preparing this specimen- to allow this skeleton to become part of an enduring body of knowledge. And after all that goes in at the eyes, churns through my brain, and comes out at the brush, I know the painting won't be judged by any of those things, it will just have to be a good painting.
Since you saw that I've already introduced this painting and print into my etsy shop. You can see that I sometimes cheat a little, and stockpile blogposts, especially when it comes to works in progress. I should re-title them as works that were at one time in progress!