"Harmony" by Hunter Madsen



"A lovely thing about Christmas," said Garrison Keillor, "is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together."  Perfect domestic harmony is, for most families, an elusive ideal laid bare by family get-togethers.

This deceptive visual metaphor suggesting crash-and-burn - in which a jet stream visible far overhead seems illusorily to stream from the hearth of a happy home at holiday time - memorializes a last, disastrous kamikaze holiday trip to visit my demented parents and other family members in San Diego, in 2019. As in other recent years, we had all hoped to have a nicer time together, like the good old days we recalled. Never more.


TITLE - "Harmony"
WHERE - San Diego, California (2014)