Church Ladies

Suzanne Day's avatar Suzanne Day

The "Church Ladies" is about the strength of character, dignity and strong believe in the celebration of the soul into eternity after passing in the Gullah culture. The two woman portrayed in the painting are sisters attending the funeral of their older sister who can be seen in the background. My focus is on the expressions in each of their eyes. Both one of sadness yet joy in the knowing of their strong believe in enteral life. It is not uncommon for white to be worn at funerals in the Gullah culture as a sign of the purity of eternal life. It is also uncommon in the Gullah culture to allow a photograph to be taken because "it will steal their soul". This photograph was taken by their nephew whose mother was the sister that passed away. One sister looks directly at the viewer's eyes and tells the story of her grief so evident in her eyes. Yet, she has a bit of a smile at the complexity of emotions. The other sister appears to be more accepting perhaps of the fate of her beloved sister who passed away. The sister that passed away was a "Sweetgrass" basket weaver by trade. Therefore, I used the pattern of a basket weaving in the background covering the green funeral tents. The motion of the pattern is to symbolize the flow of life that continues that is the strong belief of the Gullah people.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Width: 30"
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 20"