Remembrance: A Portrait Study

“The music is by Marilyn Monroe singing Running Wild from Some Like It Hot, because it’s a film portrait of Nettie Thomas. She did floors in white women’s homes, like black women did to support their families in the olden days. My mother is sitting in a wicker chair with an ostrich feather boa, a grey worsted wool skirt, a silk belt. For her portrait, I used All Cried Out by Dusty Springfield... I was advised by Gregory Markopoulos not to play the music. Because Gregory didn’t think it was proper.”

Edward Owens