The XY Conundrum
"The XY Conundrum" - mixed media on canvas paper, 16" x 20". Inquiries: email@example.com
DNA. That most unique of identifiers. The slightest mutation of which can result in a host of oddities, such as being more likely to become addicted to heroin (really!), a sensitivity to biorhythms and sleep cycles or the likelihood of having smelly pee after eating asparagus. And about a million other things.
It also connects families, details heritage and discloses what percent Neanderthal lives in your body. That explains the foreheads (or "fiveheads", as we call them) of a few people I know. It is a bit exciting to find out how many genetic relatives you have out there in the world, and to maybe make a few connections you would otherwise have missed without the miracle of genetic testing. It brings the whole wide world of family right there to your computer.
DNA also tells you who your parents are. And who they are not.
That's what happened to me last week. The sisters shared their genetic testing so that we could compare medical information. Instead, we discovered we are only half sisters. It has been Jerry Springer kind of week in our family, as we try to unravel what happened more than a half-century ago. Secrets are being revealed: stories spoken. A trail of clues as to who my biological father might be. And the reassurances of my forever dad that nothing will change between us.
There are tweety birds swirling about my head as I process this information, stunned and disoriented. In the midst of it all, a mysterious male appears in an abstract painting and gives form to what I don't know. The universe has a wacky sense of humor.
3/13/2017 06:54:15 pm
Jen. My heart breaks for you. A Jerry Springer week indeed. That being said, what is coming forth through your art is not to be ignored. Let it out, Jen. Paint what rises to the surface. I am here if you need an ear. If I lived next door, we'd be sipping tea and shaking our heads right this minute. xoxoxo
3/14/2017 06:45:00 am
Thanks, Diane. Sipping tea and shaking heads is just what I need right now. The art is being pushed, and that is always a good thing. And there IS a silver lining in this somewhere which I am pursuing with gusto. I can't think of a turmoil in my life which hasn't produced something amazing later. :)
3/14/2017 09:42:18 am
Hey! I used these past 7 weeks with broken wings to redesign my website. Finally! I did it myself. Take a look and let me know what you think.
3/18/2017 12:26:23 am
As a amateur genealogist I can well appreciate your story. I have found a few hidden stories in my research. Biologically you may have had a different father, but the one who raised you is you true Dad! That said, I love your painting with it's heart beating strong.
3/18/2017 07:14:43 pm
Oh! If you have ANY genealogy advice, let me know! Yep, the one who raised me is my dad no matter what! But I am determined to find out my biological story, too, if I can. Thanks so much for your feedback on the art...this was an interesting piece and process for me.
3/19/2017 03:30:27 am
The first big advise would be follow the paper trail. Birth certificates, deaths, marriages, censuses etc. Grave stones also reveal lots of info.
3/20/2017 09:56:33 am
Thanks so much, Carol! I just began using Ancestry when the news hit, in hopes I could sort it out. I do have a willing family member...hooray!
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