Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Raw Oatman Portraits

April 25, 2017
   Had to go home yesterday to meet the plumber and a roof-estimate guy, so I spent the time doing quick, impressionistic studies of the Oatman family, like these. 

Daily Whip Out: "Lucy, 17, and Royce, 41, Oatman (both killed)"

Daily Whip Out: "Charity Ann, 5, And Mary Ann Oatman, 38 (both killed)"

Daily Whip Out: "Royce, Jr., 11, and Roland, 3, Oatman (both killed)"

Daily Whip Out: "Olivia, 13, and Mary Ann, 7, Oatman (kidnapped)"

Daily Whip Out: "Lorenzo Dow Oatman, 15 (survived)"

   Other than Olive and Lorenzo, there are no known photographs of the family, so I tried to channel some of their pioneer grit and innocence, in order to give a face to the tragedy.

"I don't want to 'escape' when I read a book; I want to enter a new world that disturbs me."
—John Waters

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