In the mid-2000ss the artist Marina Cruz-Garcia worked on a series of paintings and mixed media works that explored the idiosyncrasies, mysteries and matters of fact on the lives of her mother and her twin sister, both of whom became teachers in their adult lives. This work, a painting that was made from a reference of the twin's childhood photograph, explores the semblances or double-imagery as an attempt of a curious portrait. She carefully renders the dress each one wears, an artifact that has survived the years and which the artist has preserved and used as reference for many projects including sculptures and prints. This painting shows her subject staring almost without a trace of reserve at the viewer (a piercing gaze often only children can accomplish). Perhaps the same spirit of curious scrutiny employed by the artist is shown here, no doubt, in mimicry to our own curious stares at the discovery of identical characteristics that challenge each subject's individuality.
Oil on Canvas
122 x 152 cm (48 x 60'')