Candelabra

Surreal pink candelabra with family tree images

Inspired by Frida Kahlo, my mother painted this surreal tree of life candelabra. The branches resemble intestines decorated with miniature figures from her past — grandparents, parents, lovers, children, pets. Years after she died, I began to see secrets hidden in the details. Who is the lady wearing only a fig leaf? Why are two of the candles snuffed out? Why is my sister painted as a mermaid, and why am I shown with two heads?

I tried to unravel the mysteries in my collection, Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters. The book is now available from Brick Road Poetry Press and other book sellers. Find info here: Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters. 

Image @ Louise Craven Hourrigan

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