Inspired by the woman-child theme in Mary Cassat's work, this series draws attention to the relationship between a young child and her great-grandmother, each representing the early and end stages of life. The child is aware of the fragility of her great-grandmother just as the old woman seems acutely aware of what this young child represents - a reminder of her life lived deeply and long. The obvious tenderness between the two, the acts of nurturing and gentle play are but the universal gestures of an old woman and a little girl at her knees.
As observers, however, we understand the inevitable cynicism that also defines these moments, moments that we know occur too rarely in a hard-driving busy life.
These ten works draw attention to the kind of intuitive relationship a great-grandmother has with her grandchild. The child is aware of the fragility of her great-grandmother and the great-grandmother reminisces about her youth. The artist portraits the acts of nurturing and gentle play as universal gestures. The artist suggests that too often we are too busy to make those moments a regular activity until perhaps the end of our lives.