McCanns

Tom Reflected, photograph by Karen DavisWhen we were small, over half a century ago, my younger sister Cheryl played with a set of dolls she called the “McCann Family.” They were a thinly disguised version of our family. Cheryl decided she was “Tom McCann,” the spunky boy doll. I was, “MaryAnn,” the girl doll. At first Tom could stand alone. Later he always lost his balance. Cheryl diagnosed him with Polio. She fitted him with crutches and braces like hers. (Cheryl was born with spina bifida.)

Tom thought Mother and Father disliked having a disabled child. He felt bad about that. One day, Father’s leg fell off. Cheryl taped it back on as a prosthesis. After Father became an amputee, he was a lot more understanding about his son.

The McCann Family, book by Karen DavisWhen Cheryl died in 2006, I inherited the McCann Family. Now I place the four-inch tall dolls on stage and direct their actions. I present these emphatically colored photographs in a large format to bring both the McCanns and memories of childhood to life.

The McCann Family is also a book, 7 inches by 7 inches.  The figures are close to life size, 4 inches.  Click on book for preview. In 2009, for the McCann Family Portfolio, I received the CPW Artist Fellowship Award juried by Hannah Frieser, Director of Light Work. Juror's Statement

Dinners Were Tense from The McCann Family by Karen DavisDinners Were Tense

Mother Works on Tom from The McCann Family by Karen DavisMother Works on Tome

Close As Children from The McCann Family by Karen DavisClose As Children

Mother is Vigilant from The McCann Family by Karen DavisMother Is Vigilant

The Ball-Shaped Pain from The McCann Family by Karen DavisThe Ball-Shaped Pain

Tom Reflected from The McCann Family by Karen DavisTom Reflected

Father Explains from The McCann Family by Karen DavisFather Explains

Mother Can Be Tender from The McCann Family by Karen DavisMother Can Be Tender

Saturday Mornings from The McCann Family by Karen DavisSaturday Mornings

Family Portrait from The McCann Family by Karen DavisMcCann Family Portrait

Mother Dreams from The McCann Family by Karen DavisMother Dreams

Tom Walks Alone from The McCann Family by Karen DavisTom Walks Alone