Best Medicine

Cassandra Swierenga's avatar Cassandra Swierenga

"Best Medicine" includes images of my mother, my two sisters and myself and they were and are representatives of my first true relationships. To represent these initial primary relationships, I applied the use of the primary colors in their clothing: my mother in yellow, and my sisters in red and blue. The figures are placed evenly in the space of the canvas- all equal in size and general placement and symbolically all equal in life by their shared experience of finding great pleasure and humor in some unknown comment or situation. It is a universal desire to find a commonality and shared belonging with others and in this piece hopefully one can experience that sense of sharing with a smile that joins in with these women's unspoken levity. Laughter, after all, is the "best medicine"! (We are literally 'laughing our heads off' : see our heads are beginning to balloon above our shoulders?!)

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1.25 inches
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Width: 72 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 36 inches