Frida Kahlo no. 2

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Prosperity Cake

16″ x 20″
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Arlington

24″ x 36″
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Wish You Were Here

24″ x 36″
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Orphans #11

36″ x 36″
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Orphans #10

36″ x 36″
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Muhammad Ali

12″ x 12″
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Shubuta Fountain

5″x5″
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Swim

20″x20″
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Car

6″x8″
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Tails

6″x8″
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Lake

24″ x 30″
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Marco Polo

20″ x 20″
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A One and a Two

18″ x 24″
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Marc Chagall

12″ x 12″
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Prince

12″ x 12″

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Golda Meir

12″ x 12″
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Carl Sagan

12″ x 12″
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Bathing Suits

8″ x 10″
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Oscar Wilde

12″ x 12″

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Tiger Man

8″ x 10″
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Songs for Sundays

30″ x 40″

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

12″ x 12″

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Simone de Beauvoir

12″ x 12″

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Franz Kafka

12″ x 12″
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Frida Kahlo

12″ x 12″

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Patty Duke

12″ x 12″
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Jim Henson

12″ x 12″
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William Faulkner

12″ x 12″

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Did You Ever Watch a Moonbeam

48″ x 72″
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Personhood of Farms

30″ x 48″
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Helen Keller

12″ x 12″

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Phife Dawg

12″ x 12″
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Belle Meade

16″ x 20″
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Picasso and Upside-Down Newark

16″ x 20″
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Hayfield

16″ x 20″
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Flo

16″ x 20″
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Lylah’s Bus

12″ x 24″
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Wish You Were Here

16″ x 20″
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Specter Projector

16″ x 20″
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Life on the Moon

16″ x 20″
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Plastic Pool

7″ x 9″
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Personhood of Birds

7″ x 9″
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Hello Spring

7″ x 9″

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Pirate’s Cove

7″ x 9″

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Out from Penn Station

7″ x 9″

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Hayfield

7″ x 9″
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Harper Lee

12″ x 12″
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Natchez Bluff (panel 17)

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XVII.
The two children (“the Wastrels” as I call them) have come for a visit in the old town. Originally they came from the frontispiece in my mother’s copy of “A Child’s Garden of Verses” by Robert Louis Stevenson (signed to her by my great great grandfather who appears as a baby in the first panel, on the back of Emeline Netter). I have painted these children many times over the years. Sometimes they appear innocent, quizzical, whimsical. Other times they manage a precarious existence, living under ground, in trees, between worlds.

The ghosts rise not just from the Natchez Cemetery, but also from the site of the so-called ‘contraband camp’ referred to as The Corral. The camp was set up by an under-prepared Union army when it found itself over-run by slaves fleeing the plantations in the surrounding county. The Union army had no plan to house or protect the newly freed men, women and children, so they created a temporary camp, where an unknown number of African Americans perished from starvation and disease. The number dead is understood to be between one and three thousand. Those that managed to survive did so with nothing more than in-season peaches for sustenance. The discarded pits grew into a grove of peach trees which stands as the only marker to the tragedy.

The grandmother of a friend drives her Plymouth, as she always did, to watch the sun set from the bluff.

Natchez Bluff (panel 16)

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XVI.
The Maypole ribbons whip in the wind.