I have the colours and patterns of Mexico on my mind and I can envision a possible series of totem paintings that feature the animals that inspired us while we were there. This trip was so inspiring to me as I have, in the past, considered a series of paintings that reflect my Mennonite heritage to include the handwork and home made foods that were prevalent in my youth though I could never really connect with that idea. On our travels I realized it was because I was looking more to the place my extended family currently resides which is more reflective of my husband's past than mine. My family is from South America, so this trip felt very 'at home' for me in the experience of the music, culture, food and mannerisms. The clothing, humour, colour and even the scents of the place filled me with memories. It all brought back my past, even though I grew up in the north. This is the family history that I need to reflect in my work. This is the missing link I was looking for and I am so grateful to have had this time to remember.
AIRdirondack Art Project