A made-to-order print on archival paper: Innova Fibaprint Matt from my original watercolour painting on paper: ‘Legalese’
watercolour, pencil and gouache on Antique French legal document
Original image size: 34cm x 24cm
Each image will be numbered, signed and chopped (stamped with my Chinese stamp in red ink). Edition of 10.
One thing about my parents is they did not differentiate between us – we were all their children. I like to joke ‘we were all belted equally’.
So it upset me to read in my mother’s will that myself and my sister were referred to as ‘my adoptive children’: singled out as ‘other’.
My oldest sister took pains to tell me that Mum wouldn’t have wanted that –she didn’t like it either. It was simply legalese.
Nonetheless, it’s hurtful to be ‘othered’ in a time of grieving and seems unnecessary in these times.
The paper is page of an antique French legal document (land sale agreement). My mother grew nasturtiums down the side of the house where it was very shady.