• Ali

The Meaning Behind those Blocked-Out Faces...

Updated: May 4

So what is the meaning behind those blocked-out faces in the Kennedy's painting?




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I get this question a ton and let me start with saying that I have always been fascinated by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Her look, her grace, her style...  And like you, I have heard the rumors of her cheating husband. Although I most likely would have been a huge fan of our late president John F. Kennedy (if I would have been around back in the 60's), I do not condone his behavior. But what was Jackie to do? Married to the most powerful man, in the 60's no less, a mother of three with all eyes watching every move you made, she had to keep quiet. ​​​​​​​​

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It is more than likely she knew of her husband's affairs, but what could she have done? In my perspective, she remained silent. Continued to adore and love her husband and made the most out of the tricky situation. She loved him and she loved her family. ​​​​​​​​

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In this painting, I covered his face and half of hers, to reflect the blindness of the situation. Leaving one eye open for Jackie O' shows that although she was aware of her husband's affairs, she made the decision to not look. She knew the affairs were going on, but I believe she continued on with her marriage and love for him with grace and confidence, until his dying day.​​​​​​​​  


Anyways, that's just my perspective...  What are your thoughts?  


- Ali


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