Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Turbulence, Adrienne Yancey

Turbulence: My world turned upside down.
Adrienne Yancey
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.


  1. I really like this piece, it's such a strong visual image. I think you did a wonderful job capturing that reality.

  2. Wow, powerful piece. I think we can all relate to having our worlds turned upside down. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  3. I've never seen anything like this before. I agree with Sally in that it is powerful!

  4. Thank you all for appreciating my work. I am honored to be able to share myself with such a supportive community.

  5. I got goosebumps looking at this - there is such truth in your piece.

  6. this is an amazing piece. I was immediately struck by it. I'm so sorry for your recent loss as well.


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