Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Kristin Calabrese

When Life Gives You Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons

Kristin Calabrese. When Life Gives You Lemons, 2003.

This is a painting of a very distressed abandoned interior with beautiful furniture and a dinner for two waiting to be eaten. This painting is about denial. It comes from thinking about dysfunctional families. Terribly dysfunctional families are kept together because the participants pretend that nothing is wrong. In my own family of origin, my dad was a violent alcoholic, and my mom acted like we were just a normal American dream family. This was hard for me as a child because it made me feel like my memories were unreal. I've done a lot of work in this area.


dining, painting, destroyed, house

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Inglewood, CA
United States


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