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“Up until I was a teenager, I’d been one of his favorites. We were always playing sports together. But soon after I came to America, we stopped talking. I think there was something missing on both sides. I don’t think I felt loved enough by him. I don’t think he felt that I was grateful enough for all that he’d done for me. A few years ago, I started trying to get in touch. But he’d never return my calls. So one day I just went back to France and knocked on his door. I hadn’t spoken to him in fourteen years. The only reason I knew he still lived there was that his name was on the mailbox. He didn’t even recognize me when he opened the door. He thought I was selling something. He said: ‘Can I help you with something?’ I said: ‘Dad, it’s me. Jimmy.’”
“What were his reasons for not talking to you for fourteen years?”
“I don’t know.”
“Do you think he was hurt by you?”
“I don’t know. But next time I talk to him, I’m going to say: ‘Some guy in Central Park asked me some questions. And I’m wondering if you could answer them.’”


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Femke Hiemstra’s “Wartem al Waldrand" at Roq La Rue.

Femke Hiemstra will have brand new work on display starting tomorrow, August 7th, 2014, at Roq La Rue in Seattle, Washington for her show “Wartem al Waldrand.”  Hiemstra’s imaginative concoctions of animals and surrealism weaves a narrative strand into childhood fantasy as well as nightmarish landscapes.  See more of her brand new work below!

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