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Love Mom

© Beverly McIver. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Love Mom

Artist: Beverly McIver (American, born 1962)
Culture: American
Date: 2011
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
36 x 36 inches (91.4 x 91.4 cm)
Frame: 37 x 37 x 2 1/2 inches (94 x 94 x 6.4 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by Marilyn M. Arthur
Label Text:Love Mom is a portrait of the artist's late mother, Ethel McIver, who was a domestic worker in Greensboro, North Carolina before and during the civil rights movement. Based on a photograph the artist looked at daily, Ethel McIver's sympathetic eyes shown behind glasses connect not only with the viewer but also with her daughter, the painter. Simple in composition, the virtually blank background allows the artist's mother to become the sole focus of the painting, with no distractions to pull the viewer's eyes away from the sitter and no visual clues as to what she is thinking. Often dealing with themes such as class, race, and gender, McIver's portraiture also addresses the emotional complexities inherent in relationships with family, friends, and the self. Although Ethel McIver passed away in 2004, she continues to be a central focus in many of her daughter's paintings.

Object number: 2011.1.1