Family Portrait
Jennifer Thoreson, Multidisciplinary Artist

Family Portrait, From the series Testament, 16”x20”, Pigment Ink on Fiber Rag, 2014

The subjects in this photograph are members of my extended family. Photographing them was particularly meaningful, especially because I am privileged to knowledge of their personal hardships, and to their closeness as a family. To create the sculpture, I made latex casts of beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables, like those I imagine in the Garden of Eden. The result was a heap of delicate, flawed, flesh-like renderings of colorful, nourishing food. It creates a picture of human flaw, limitation, and blindness. It also illustrates like-mindedness and unconditional love.