All the In Between; My Story of Agnes

A Traveling Exhibition

 The Hardback book of All the In Between:  My Story of Agnes is available online at  Amazon.com ,  Barnesandnoble.com  and, (signed) at  MuddyFordPress.com .

The Hardback book of All the In Between:  My Story of Agnes is available online at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and, (signed) at MuddyFordPress.com.

An Exhibition of Paintings Telling the Cradle to Grave Story of a Life Well Lived.

In All the In Between: My Story of Agnes, visual artist Laurie Brownell McIntosh uses more than 70 painted panels to tell the cradle-to-grave story of her late mother, Agnes Smith Brownell. A scientist, artist, doctor’s wife, and mother, Agnes approached life with a kind of candor and pragmatism that left little room for sentimentality. From telling her thirsty and whining children to “swallow their spit,” to tending to her dying husband, to orchestrating a life of ritual in her widowhood, Agnes was a force to be reckoned with, eliciting emotions from her youngest daughter that were equal parts fear, reverence, and love.

All the In Between: My Story of Agnes is a eulogy, a memorial, a work of art, and a kind of tribute that validates everything between the first and last breaths of a life well lived. There are no heroes or heroines in the story; no parables; no broken hearts or drama; no secrets to take to the grave. Yet the story is extraordinary in its simplicity. By capturing images of her mother’s life through the intimacy of her own interpretations, McIntosh allows her readers a rare kind of insight to the life of a stranger made close and personal for us through the nuance of her daughter’s familiarity. Yet, she does so without folly. Using paintings that are honest and straight forward, yet beautiful and tender, she tells the tale of her mother’s life with the kind of dignity that would have made Agnes proud.

Below are a few of the panels from  All the In Between: My Story of Agnes.

   The Bridge Game     oil on board    16 x 16 inche    

The Bridge Game

oil on board

16 x 16 inche

 

   Not Another One     oil on board    24 x 30 inches    

Not Another One

oil on board

24 x 30 inches

 

   Her Hero     2 panels - oil on board    24 x 72 inches    

Her Hero

2 panels - oil on board

24 x 72 inches

 

   The Final Request Date     oil and charcoal on board    8 x 8 inches    

The Final Request Date

oil and charcoal on board

8 x 8 inches

 

   Thanksgiving     2 panels - oil on board    24 x 48 inches    

Thanksgiving

2 panels - oil on board

24 x 48 inches

 

   Post to the Future     oil on board    40 x 30 inches    

Post to the Future

oil on board

40 x 30 inches

 

   Just Swallow Your Spit     oil on board    16 x 16 inches    

Just Swallow Your Spit

oil on board

16 x 16 inches

 

   Easter Sunday     2 panels - oil on board    12 x 18 inches    

Easter Sunday

2 panels - oil on board

12 x 18 inches

 

   Countless Butts     oil on board    8 x 16 inches    

Countless Butts

oil on board

8 x 16 inches

 

   A Widow’s Routine     1 of 13 panels - oil on board    112 x 20 inches    

A Widow’s Routine

1 of 13 panels - oil on board

112 x 20 inches

 

   The Lifelong Waltz     oil on board    30 x 30 inches    

The Lifelong Waltz

oil on board

30 x 30 inches

 

   The Creative Start to Finish     1 of 6 panels - oil on board    48 x 8 inches    

The Creative Start to Finish

1 of 6 panels - oil on board

48 x 8 inches

 

   His Bride     oil on board    12 x 12 inches

His Bride

oil on board

12 x 12 inches

   Crawl Off and Eat Worms     2 panels - oil on board    24 x 36 inches    

Crawl Off and Eat Worms

2 panels - oil on board

24 x 36 inches

 

Artfields - 2013. All the In Between, My Story of Agnes hung as a timeline. (Click to enlarge image.)

  The Hardback book of All the In Between:  My Story of Agnes is available online at   Amazon.com  ,   Barnesandnoble.com   and, (signed) at   MuddyFordPress.com  .

The Hardback book of All the In Between:  My Story of Agnes is available online at Amazon.comBarnesandnoble.com and, (signed) at MuddyFordPress.com.