Family Portrait Series: Papi Mac

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Papi Mac by Isabel Carr

Artist’s Statement: This piece portrays my great-grandfather Papi Mac on his 90th birthday. It is overlaid with the Mourner’s Kaddish—a Hebrew prayer to honor the dead in the Jewish tradition. I portray the passage of time through birthday candles—a marker of age—and the Mourner’s Kaddish—a marker of death. Papi Mac died before I was born, but he lives on through my mother’s stories and my artwork. 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.