La Ciega (The Blind Woman)Cuba Series - Painting #14
Acrylic on canvas - 36" x 48"
Back in the 40's and 50's it was common for even people with middle class incomes to have servants in Cuba. As the story went, everything my family had that they couldnt carry with them to the States was left with the servants, including my grandfathers paintings. While walking the streets of Esperanza I was introduced to a blind man who's mom it was believed had worked as a servant back in the day. Confirming this fact he brought me to her house so I could ask her some questions.
I entered her modest yet well kept home and introduced myself. Surprisingly she was also blind. The family apparently suffered from some form of hereditary vision disorder. I told her my story and of my attempt to find the house where my family lived. It felt a bit weird for me to be asking a blind women if she had any knowledge of a painting but she entertained my investigation. As she sat in her chair she seemed to be looking back into her memory, perhaps searching through a period in time when her vision was still intact. She pondered out loud and held her head up as if looking toward a far away horizon in her mind, seemingly searching through a 50 year old memory bank she hadn't opened since her youth.
Ultimately it was determined that she had not worked for my family nor did she know anyone who did. Another dead end in my search but as with all the townspeople I met on my journey it had been a fascinating pitstop. She wished me luck and I was off on the hunt again.