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This painting is on exhibit at the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2016 at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) 2016 portrait competition exhibition (March 12, 2016 through January 8, 2017). It will then travel to Three host museums across the country from February 2017 through August 2018 (Tacoma Art Museum, WA February 4, 2017 to early May 14, 2017, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX June 8, 2017 to September 10, 2017, and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO October 6, 2017 to January 7, 2018.)
This painting portrays the contrast between the stereotype of a carefree sweet childhood with the reality of a life often filled with anxiety, confusion and loneliness. While the girl is wearing a cute sentimental valentines dress, her entire posture is self contained and rigid. She is standing in a typical kitchen but seems physically and emotionally detached from her environment.