Works by Aunt Edith were found packed away in a trunk. Jane gives us family history. The story of Edith Lake Wilkinson, painter, goes back to New York City in the early 1900s. We learn about her life and creativity on East 23rd Street, on West 117th Street, in Harlem and in Provincetown, Massachusetts were artists were free to express their same-sex attractions in a Cape Cod community.
But even there, women were limited. They were only allowed to sell their paintings one day a week. The men could sell their work more days a week.
So did she ever make her artistic dreams come true? What was the state of her relationship with the woman constantly referred to as her "friend"? And how did Edith wind up in an institution at a fairly young age? I won't tell you. I really want you to see Jane's documentary, directed with care and wit by Michelle Boyaner.
Watch this trailer for PACKED IN A TRUNK:
We all want to be validated. We all want to be remembered, seen and regarded as significant. Edith Lake Wilkinson gave life more beauty than it gave her. She was not treated well. She was forgotten. I'm sure many of us, at some time, have felt forgotten especially by loved ones. We feel like we've been boxed up and placed on a distant shelf in their minds. We grow heartsore waiting for that box to be opened again, for the contents to be seen. To have a devoted loved one, many years later, work to bring attention, respect and validation to this gifted woman who became a forgotten artist....that is a wonderful love story. See the documentary. Give your eyes the gift of seeing her work. Make someone feel significant. Love freely and embrace the arts.
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