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Self-Portrait, Year Two (Beneath the Surface) by Penny Gold, 2014

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By the second year after the death of my son, the persistent sense of grief and loss had become invisible to others. From the outside (the lavender side of the quilt), all looked normal. But underneath the surface, a fundamental change in identity was being shaped. Only after choosing the color, did I learn that lavender was the Victorian color of mourning, allowed after black had been worn for a period of time. Galesburg, Illinois, United States 68" x 94"