Tangled Family Tree

Tree of Life Candelabra painting by Louise Craven Hourrigan

Paintings by Frida Kahlo inspired this surreal tree of life candelabra. The branches resemble intestines decorated with miniature figures  — grandparents, parents, lovers, children, pets. Years after my mother died, I began to unravel secrets she hid in her strange candelabra painting. 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

Painting @ Louise Craven Hourrigan

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