She Snapped Sister’s Diary Wide

Abstract swirls with fractured images of a photograph of a face
Self-portrait painting and collage ©Louise Craven Hourrigan

When assigned to paint a self-portrait for one of her art classes, my mother made this nightmarish collage. A serpent, fabric patterns, flames, and octopus arms swirl around fragmented black and white photographs of her face. The picture is so disturbing, I find it hard to look at. Nevertheless, the images prompted several poems in Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters (Brick Road Poetry Press).

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