Family Life 

(courtesy of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, donated by the Artist)

In Family Life, Else deftly portrays the reality of families, where what is going on inside can be very different from what is seen on the outside. Although the bright, cheerful colors and happy, loving poses draw the viewer closer, they contrast starkly with the skeletal forms. On closer inspection, the artist again reminds us of life’s ambiguities with quotes and phrases that represent a family’s “skeletons in the closet.”