The first painting that I did in the Jewish Identity and Legacy series was titled Sleeping with the Chickens and told the story of a woman who remembered sleeping at her grandmother’s with a box of two live chickens by the bed. They terrified her at night and became dinner the following evening. I was never quite satisfied with it and decided to change it in two ways. The original painting is above.
The woman had told me of how she was terrified of the chickens and I thought about what that felt like physically. I realized that when we recoil in fear, our eyebrows rise and our mouth opens so I sought to get that effect in the painting.
doubt filled by the feathers of these chickens' predecessors so I decided to extend the idea of feathers flying. The addition of several feathers in this space echoed those above and balanced the image. I also extended the feathers of the chicken to make it feel more menacing. The effect of these changes is to further the telling of the underlying story.