"Matriarchy" (subtitlted "Camp David: A Certified Matriarchy; Durham, NC")

ink and watercolor
2003

I did this picture when, after seven years of living with only-child Laura Argiri in her grandmother's house (with Laura's 70 year old, only-child mother living one door down the street), I'd became more than usually aware that I was living in a house built by women, for women, and passed from only-daughter to a subsequent only-daughter for a Very Long While and for several generations....

Interestingly enough (and, having bought the old house a couple of doors up the street, I'm still good friends with Laura), the family's "best friends" from Old Durham are also families in which an only-child daughter passed everything on to HER only-child daughter, who in turn passed the property on to.....world without end, amen.......

all in all? I learned to know a matriarchy when I'm living in one.

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