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.