Luchita Hurtado reached international fame for her artwork well into her 90s. For years, she lived and worked in the shadow of her husband’s art and her peers’ more famous works, painting late at night after her children had fallen asleep. “When I think about my painting and the political and the planet,” she once said, “it’s about the hope that it’s not too late and that people can still get together and in whatever small way make a difference that adds up.” This painting, Untitled, is the expression of that hope which Hurchado speaks of. When you sit and look at the walls around you, what do you feel trapped and overshadowed by? Look up and out – what awaits in the bright sky before you? What will it take to climb out of the shadows and into the blue? How does it feel to remind yourself that it’s never too late?
Brianna Curran, Washington, DC