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[Sarah, 2-years old, died from an inoperable brain tumor]
It began as an early Mother's Day gift: a photo purse that would feature a photograph of her "chubber," two-year old Sarah, known for her delicious Sumo chubbiness. But a month later, little Sarah succumbed to an inoperable brain tumor, and her mother's photo purse evolved into a portrait in memoriam. While Sarah would appear to have had too short a history on this earth, in fact, the little girl had quite the personality.
Sarah's mother shared these details with me before I came up with the idea of a photomontage which whisked Sarah out of her highchair, perching her in the heavenly clouds of Rabuzin's "Flowers and Sun":
I asked Kerry a few years later what it was like wearing a purse with her deceased daughter's picture on it."She adored that Halloween spider that would crawl down from the ceiling when you clapped.Having it and carrying her image around with me is comforting. It's a physical connection that's now become a spiritual connection."
"If anyone asks who she is, I just simply say that she is my daughter and nothing else. People don't usually ask more then who it is. I like it that way. Carrying her image around with me is comforting. It's a physical connection that's now become a spiritual connection."