Carrie Pearce, Everafter, 2019

The artist explains the work best: “This painting is inspired by a photo of a little girl in a full body cast, arched like a rainbow surrounded by her toys. Seemingly being carried by her toy elephant, Ina is her name and she was hospitalized from ages two through twelve. Due to a rare form of Tuberculosis, she underwent dozens of surgeries to fuse her spine and was in a cast the entire 10 years. Her parents were only allowed to visit once a month. She had only her imagination, nurses and a few toys. Ina is 89 and healthy. She was a seamstress, crafter and doll maker.”

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