Amazigh Gothic (Algerian-American), 2008, acrylic on panel , 25 x 30 inches, by Gwenn Seemel.
Apple Pie is my upcoming series about what it means to be an American. The subjects are mostly immigrants and the children of immigrants, along with one African American, one Native American, and one American-American (a person whose family has been in the US for many generations). Each of the subjects’ likenesses is combined with the image of an American icon, anyone from Elvis Presley to Susan B. Anthony.
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I decided to remake American Gothic for a new generation of Americans. My subjects are a real-life father and daughter. Cherif immigrated to the United States from France but he is originally from Algeria. His daughter’s name is Taous.
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I wanted my version, Amazigh Gothic, to be the foil to American Gothic‘s exaggerated plainness. I chose particularly dynamic expressions for Cherif and Taous.