Pictorial and Historical-Cultural Narrative

In 2013, I began creating environmental installations that simulate ceremonial purification circles, in which objects and images are selected to serve as cultural mirrors and the sites in which they are situated serve as part of a broader cultural commentary.

But what does that mean when reflecting upon my place as the Matriarch of my family, how does this narrative take shape? What is the broader cultural narrative here to be discussed? How do I chronicle the struggles and triumphs of my mother's journey, my journey that I pass on to my daughter, and she to hers. 
My sister,Diana L. Bruton, has taken on the role as the family storyteller, she belongs to the African American Genealogical society of the Central San Joaquin Valley, she is writing the narrative, and I am painting the narrative.


My cultural narrative is a pictorial and historical-cultural narrative chronicling the struggles and triumphs of Mama Crecy's people, and Sallie Alpha from 1893 to present day. These banners dipict their journey's.

Portrait painting is a genre in painting, where the intent is to depict the visual appearance of the subject. The term is usually applied to the depiction of human subjects. In addition to painting, portraits can also be made in other media such as etching, lithography, photography, video and digital media.
The term 'portrait painting' can also describe the actual painted portrait. Portraitists may create their work by commission, for public and private persons, or they may be inspired by admiration or affection for the subject. Portraits are often important state and family records, as well as remembrances.
Karen Ryan Family Tree, Commissioned 2008
Historically, portrait paintings have primarily memorialized the rich and powerful. Over time, however, it became more common for middle-class patrons to commission portraits of their families and colleagues.
Today, portrait paintings are still commissioned by governments, corporations, groups, clubs, and individuals.

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