By Lettie Jane Rennekamp
8″ x 10″
This illustration shows a femme figure holding a child whose head explodes in lines. Here the sunflower covers the figure’s groin, weaving with the figure’s legs like a lover. The child feels like my own small son, whose voice and energy take exponentially more space than his corporeal form. I made this drawing before the pandemic, but the feeling of asking the earth for support in the face of dealing with oppressive parenting has been an entirely pandemic phenomenon for me.
Lettie Jane Rennekamp is an illustrator and artist based in Portland, Oregon, by way of Kentucky. Her illustrations are bold and tender at the same time, depicting motherhood, varying versions of gender expression, community, and nature all together. She has worked in both commercial and gallery spaces, from murals to wine labels, large cut-out paintings, and small watercolors. She is the creator of Many Queens, a gender-inclusive tarot deck. See more of her work at www.lettiejane.com or on Instagram @lettiejanemakes.
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