Swimmer was inspired by a story I heard third hand. Telling the story to a friend, a woman said that she went to a ladies' night at the pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When she entered the wardrobe, she discovered that it was full of wigs and dark dresses. Yet, when she got to the pool, it was full of bald ladies wearing flowery dresses. Of course, this is because Williamsburg is right next to a Hassidic Jewish neighborhood where the women shave their heads, wear wigs and swim dressed.

Swimmer, 2006 | Oil and acrylic on canvas, 56"x 66"

In May 2008 I was honored to have Swimmer included in the permanent collection of the Appleton Museum in Florida. The following November, I was invited to talk about my work. After the talk, several people from the audience thanked me for letting them know what inspired the painting. They seem to have really enjoyed it, and it made me happy: They had all made the painting their own in some way. That is how I knew that Swimmer was being cared for and cherished in its new home.


See also Alternate Reality, my charcoal drawings featured in the International Museum of Women's exhibition "Imagining Ourselves."

To see more of my work please visit my Web site at www.ankiking.com.


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