Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Turbulence, Adrienne Yancey
Turbulence: My world turned upside down.
Mannequin form with acrylic
about the piece.
I have been painting mannequins for about five years now and I usually just wait until the perfect idea comes into my brain and then I transform them. This one came to mind a few weeks ago as I was sitting outside crying and a plane flew overhead. I looked up to see a perfect blue sky and wished I could paint it the colors of my grief. It seems so wrong that the world doesn't know he's gone. The sky doesn't reflect his absence and the people go on with their lives.
I thought about my mannequins and how I could recreate the sky there, but give it a deeper meaning using the woman's body. My world was turned upside down when I lost Leo. My reproductive system failed me and in turn bled red over most of my life. The turbulence has yet to let up and I'm trying so hard to find peace with my reality. This mannequin represents my reality, as disturbing as that may be. -Adrienne
about the artist.
Adrienne Yancey is a 28 year old restaurant manager and beer buyer. "Leo was my second son and he was going to be my last. I had severe complications with my first son and feared the worst my entire pregnancy. The day they told me he was gone crushed a part of my soul. I have been using art as an outlet for my emotions. This piece expressed what I wanted perfectly. I appreciate the opportunity to share this with other baby loss parents." Adrienne blogs at Loss of Leo.