2008 by N. Schmidt
Found 09/2011, Goodwill (South 1st and Slaughter)
Though the sense of anxiety in this picture is in its small details, it is anything but hidden. (Swimming) is a piece just past its tipping point. The child is held on the surface of the water, balanced between a gentle family scene and tragedy. A smile turns easily into a snarl. The mother’s face is a disturbing, almost robotic, grimace. The father’s strange angles give the sense of a statue carved of stone, the strange perfect lines of sculpture. The child does not seem particularly happy. The family unit of (Swimming) seems artificial and predatory, a thumbprint that will shape the child in its coming life.