Tangled Family Tree

Surreal pink candelabra with family tree images

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. 

Image @ Louise Craven Hourrigan

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