Last Apartment

Mary Jane Pories's avatar Mary Jane Pories Vote Code: 67072

The three paintings hover over a generic floorplan for a one-bedroom apartment. Each one displays my conflicting feelings over my mother’s move from independence in her last apartment to an early dementia facility on the other side of the country. They express my admiration for her indomitable spirit, endless energy and sometimes reckless pursuit of her dreams. The backdrop of a generic floorplan highlights her frustration at being confined by limitations, both real and imagined. She often said she felt like she was “living in a box.” My sadness at this stage in her life became more acute as I watched her final move from one box to an even smaller, more confining one. In a culture which values youth over years, rather than excavate our elders for the wisdom and vision that, not always but often accompanies age, we reduce them to their needs for our convenience. We pack away their treasures and their treasure. We see them simply as a drain on resources or condescend to coddling them. We store them for easy maintenance and speed on with our own pursuits. Beyond our individual relationships, the outward more obvious systemic injustices are consistent cuts to Social Security and Medicare, widespread poverty, chemical constraints, and wrenching isolation. As individuals and as a society, we all lose when we assume our elders have little or nothing to offer us. Last Apartment is my attempt to reveal what I discovered in her move. A woman beyond my mother whose inspiring brilliance and passion I found submerged in the heart of her small cookie-cutter apartment.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 6 inches
  • Medium: Oil and Mixed Media
  • Width: 7 feet
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 7 feet