Johanna Torbenson
Excelsior, MN United States
Drawing: Graphite

The drawing “Matrix” represents the massive responsibility I felt when our three youngest children joined our family through adoption. The woman (who represents me) in this drawing is changed from her experiences; she grew roots, scales, and feathers. The seven babies grew out of her with various plants and organic forms- some prickly or hard, and others softer or more nourishing. She cannot escape her connection with the babies- they are always on her mind. As an adoptive mom, I didn’t get to hold three of my children when they were babies, and I contemplate that loss with this drawing.

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