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Sally Cook, On the Edge, undated; acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches (framed: 31 ¼ x 41 x 1 ¼ inches); Purchased with funds from an anonymous donor.

Sally Cook, On the Edge, undated; acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches (framed: 31 ¼ x 41 x 1 ¼ inches); Purchased with funds from an anonymous donor.

Girl, boy, girl, boy, girl, boy, girl, boy
Sally Cook and her friends stand side by side
Flat figures missing limbs, standing on the edge of a decision

Andie stands independent and tall

Hughie, the poet and ladies’ man, stands confidently with no arms
Arlene passively merges into the sky
Bob, in his assertive red shirt, anxiously leans toward the edge
Sally stands with sunglasses to block her feelings
Marty is a pushy fellow, but his shirt blends into the background
Bonnie, the pretty one, stands confidently with one leg that looks like a mermaid’s tail
Father Tom stands shyly to the side, a constant observer of life

This painting by Sally Cook is her interpretation of those closest to her. How do you view your friends and family?   

— Ajah S. Session, 2015