A Crack in the Wall
48" x 96", acrylic, 1990
When I was a kid, we had mice problems in our house. We would place
dozens of mouse traps at strategic places inside the house. Often, at night, we would
be awakened by the noise of a trap going off, sometimes several. My mother would stuff
the dead mice in empty glass jars and get rid of them on garbage day. She would squeeze
up to a dozen of them in a single jar.
Years later, my mother unknowingly bought a loaf of bread infested with ants. The
ants immediately relocated to our chimney giving us problems for the next couple
of years. Fortunately we moved to another house shortly after.
Of course, the painting is not simply a representation of childhood memories, it
goes much deeper than that. The intrusion symbolizes a traumatic experience in one's
life and the effect it has on the mind.