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Piece description from the artist

Angelica was the grandmother of an old friend of mine. The last time I saw her was surrounded by her 12 grown children, with all their growing families, singing "12 Days of Christmas" as was the tradition. They're a big family and scattered across the country, so it's hard getting the whole family together for the holidays. Underlying the joy of their Christmas spirit was the knowledge that Angelica had cancer and this might be the last holiday they all spent together.

A year later: I wasn't in touch with the family anymore when I saw Angelica's obituary. I drew this piece for her, for anyone who has lived along those blurry lines between pain and joy, for anyone who knows the feeling of being close in spirit but far in body from their loved ones. I drew this piece to remember why we love in the wake of heartbreak, to know that we are capable of feeling both happy and sad because of how deeply we care for one another.

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30.0" x 20.0"
Ink and watercolor on paper

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