For my contribution to the Windows and Mirrors mural exhibition, I wanted to make a painting that looked to a past where human aspiration was possible, and to a peaceful future where children can play. I feel that it is hard for many who have comfortable lives to identify with people trapped in a war situation and see them as "just like me." I wanted to show the beautiful Afghanistan that still survives the violent incursions of war, and show ordinary Americans that here is life and value that must be respected and loved. I wanted an image that people could identify with, a child that they could fall in love with and that they would want to cherish and protect.
Read an interview with Ann about her involvement with Windows and Mirrors.
Ann Northrup is a painter and rower with an MFA from Boston University. She has painted eight large-scale outdoor public murals since 2001. In addition to her work as a mural designer and teacher at Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, she teaches drawing and design at Philadelphia University.