Memory Drawing: Before & After the Photo

One of those family photos that always prompts a narrative, you are the subject of it but have no recollection of the events that everyone else recalls. In this case it was my first birthday and always accompanied by the story of how I ate the fruit from the cake while the adults were not looking. What i find curious about memory drawings  is how childlike they are. The child in this drawing is not a one year old as in the narrative but seems to be more at the age I would have understood the story. Drawn purely from imagination no visual reference to the actual photo though i had seen it in the past. The lady with the huge hands is my grandmother, she had as I remember, huge hard-working hands with long nails as thick as hooves.

   Memory Drawing: Before the Photo      Charcoal on newsprint

Memory Drawing: Before the Photo  Charcoal on newsprint

   Memory Drawing: After the Photo  Charcoal on newsprint

Memory Drawing: After the Photo  Charcoal on newsprint