Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival 2009
Pastel and faux jewels on asphalt
This is a photograph of street art I created for the Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival of 2009, held in San Rafael, CA. I had one weekend, and two assistants helping me, to complete the work, all of which was washed off the city streets at the end of the festival. It is based on an original painting by my great-grandmother, Aloisie Von Jungwurth, who was born in the 1880's in rural Southern Bohemia. Although Aloisie was one of 23 children and raised on a farm, her parents placed art and education at the forefront of their lives. Aloisie excelled in her work both as artist and art teacher. The portrait originally had rare jewels and pearls affixed to the muslin, but they were stolen (possibly at customs) when the painting was imported to the United States.