A DEATH IN THE FAMILY

A DEATH IN THE FAMILY

How nice of you all to come to our little exhibition. To the connoisseurs amongst you, those tasteful few who take their art seriously, we acknowledge with no apologies that you won’t find the works of the masters here, because in this particular salon we choose our paintings with an eye more towards terror than technique.
A little American gothic here, with the accustomed accoutrements to mourning: tombstones and tears and the somber look of the bereaved. We generally cry at funerals out of a sense of loss. A poor unfortunate loved one will no longer walk the earth . . . he or she will simply occupy six feet of it, never to be seen or heard from again—or at least we make an assumption that that’s natural law and we subscribe to it. But this painting here—and we admit this up front—breaks that law. It’s called “A Death in the Family.” It offers up a new view of death, and it introduces you to quite a family, who live here in the Night Gallery.