Janis Pinkston

Last Modified: November 1, 2001

Janis Pinkston - I Am My Mother, I Am My Father, I Am My Child
Janis Pinkston
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I Am My Mother,
I Am My Father,
I Am My Child
Mixed media on asphalt felt
18 x 24 inches
1998
Catalog No. 31A

Janis Pinkston - Family of Angels
Family of Angels
Mixed media on asphalt felt
18 x 24 inches
1998
Catalog No. 31B
During the '90s, I lost a number of family members to cancer, most recently, my mother. I did not know how to mourn these losses that affected a signiFIcant part of my world. I found these pictures began FLowing from me like tears soon after my mother died. I realized this was how I was able to come to terms with what happened, and to cope with a grief I had not experienced before.

In the absence of members of my family due to death or departure, I've been compelled to take on their former roles in I Am My Mother, I Am My Father, I Am My Child. My mother died of cancer; my father departed after her death.

In this closelyknit Family of Angels, the matriarch (my grandmother) died of old age and her three daughters (my mother and two aunts) died of cancer, all within three years of one another.

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