Family Portrait Series: Cracks

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Cracks by Isabel Carr

Artist’s Statement: The top half of this piece is my acrylic painting, juxtaposed with an original photograph from the 1800s of my great-great-grandparents with two of their eight children. There is a crack in the piece metaphorically representing the duality of the immigrant experience. This family migrated from Austria-Hungary to London to the Lower East Side, fleeing pogroms, leaving their families behind. My family completely assimilated into American culture. I juxtaposed my colorful, modern painting with the original black-and-white photograph, to show the divide between my American identity and my Eastern-European roots. This is part of an audiovisual narrative inspired by memories in my family history.
Isabel Carr is a member of the class of 2022 at the Paideia School in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of the Teen Action Group at Planned Parenthood Southeast and is passionate about animals, especially her four Scottish Terriers. She enjoys running, playing the piano, painting and going to the beach.