"72 hours" A portrait of Betty White & Rue McClanahan

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Blanche:“AIDS is not a bad person’s disease, Rose. It is not God punishing people for their sins!”

This portrait of Betty White & Rue McClanahan as Rose & Blanche is inspired by the episode "72 hours" from the show "The Golden Girls". It's about courage, speaking up, when everyone else stays … (read more)

Blanche:“AIDS is not a bad person’s disease, Rose. It is not God punishing people for their sins!”

This portrait of Betty White & Rue McClanahan as Rose & Blanche is inspired by the episode "72 hours" from the show "The Golden Girls". It's about courage, speaking up, when everyone else stays silent, about compassion and my gratitude for those using their voice.

In the episode that aired in February 1990 Rose receives a letter from the hospital where she had her gallbladder removed. They warn her that during her transfusion she might have been exposed to blood containing HIV antibodies. As the ladies accompany her to the hospital to get tested, Blanche comforts a very frightened Rose by explaining that she too had the test and knows what her friend is going through. While Rose endures waiting the requisite 72 hours to receive her test results, tensions run high as the women deal with fear and confusion surrounding HIV and AIDS.

**Digital Mixed Media Painting | High Res 8K JPG file for screen or personal print.

I painted the figures digitally in Photoshop with pen & tablet. The background is a collage of different materials from the archives I montaged in Photoshop. It creates a mesh of elements illustrating the historical context of the AIDS/HIV crisis in the US, and ties everything together.*


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