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Deep Cover 8x8" Gouache, colored pencil, acrylic and collage on wood panel

From Share 16: I was working from a short memoir by Liz Scott entitled “Deep Cover.” I felt immediately grateful to have happened upon it. The strength and directness of the language was enough to win me over, but I also felt an immediate kinship with the content. Using vivid, candid descriptions, it tells the story of her realization that her privileged Christian upbringing in a bucolic New York City suburb was a cover for her Jewish Ukranian roots. My own family is Jewish and from Transylvania and Hungary, and I grew up in a suburb of NYC, so the connection was easy to make. This painting plays off themes of roots, fear, and discovery.