My sister died in 2008 and I was moved to make a memorial Foundling for her. I was pretty new to making Foundings at the time but this Foundling, although very special to me, never really seemed right. In reflecting on my sister’s sensibilities, I wanted this tribute to her to be more “involved”, more complex… more “pretty”. She would have wanted it that way.
Everything about this piece was more complicated then I had anticipated. For example, a picture of my sister in the last year of her life would show her slowing losing the battle with her Leukemia. A picture of her, taken only a year earlier would seem to ignore her struggle in her final year. I decided to use a picture of her in high school. This image would show her in a more idealized, youthful way. The way she would, no doubt, like to have been remembered. It was, afterall, her final wish… to be remembered. Here is the reworked Foundling that is a more fitting tribute to remember her by.