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She gave it away, along with some other schoolwork, and never expected to see or hear about it again.
So she was surprised when I called her last week. She had forgotten that her name was on the back of the canvas.
Now 24, Kushnir's a University of Iowa grad living in Logan Square and hoping to land a job in graphic design. The old paintings are nothing like her current work, which is mostly in oil, she says. She's been documenting some of that in process:
Meanwhile, the man in a skirt found his way into the annual recycled art sale at the Art Center Highland Park, where I bought him.
He's been leaning up against my office wall for more than a year now, and I haven't tired of his winsome expression, his flirty attire, or his profusely floral world.