My aunt, Gretchen Weber, passed away earlier this week. She was my mom's older sister and the first professional artist I knew. As a child, her family was mythical-- in addition to her, my uncle was a nuclear physicist & their 4 daughters, well, to hear my mom tell it, they invented chili mac! Everyone was funny, smart, independent & full of confidence. My aunt was a calligrapher and though I had seen much of her work as a child, I discovered more of it when I was looking through my parents' house a few years ago. I found this little collection called "The Talking Head." It was created by a dozen women artists expressing their struggles to develop their creative identities. On either side of the paper silhouettes are contrasting thoughts-- "follow your dreams" and "stick to the beaten path." As I was reading through them again, I felt comforted by the timelessness and universality of their struggles. Her art is a gift showing vulnerability and courage; in my mind, it increases her legend.