|CHARLOTTE JACKSON PRASS 1925-2013|
|PAUL N PRASS, JR WWII|
Then I began painting over top of the foundation, letting some of the background peek through. I'm still painting and adding layers to this piece that portrays my father-in-laws early years but something really hit me about the process. I began thinking about the ephemera of our lives; those things that were meant to have no lasting significance, but in fact, became the foundation of who we have become. It's those words scribbled on the back of a childhood photo that instantly transport us to that time or place. Or how about the invisible cruel words that still impact us years later; they all become part of our underlayment, our foundation. We can't choose the background, but we have the ability to design what our self-portrait will look like. So it's true when someone says, "You are a piece of work".
things that are important or useful for only a short time : items that were not meant to have lasting value
1 : something of no lasting significance
2 : ephmera plural : paper items (such as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles.