|Sarah McEneaney "Separation" 2001|
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
McEneaney is an autobiographical painter, and as such makes heavy use of self-portraiture. A devoted animal lover, many of her pieces include portraits of her beloved dogs and cats. In this piece McEneaney is separating egg yolks from their whites, in order to paint in egg tempera, one of her favored mediums, while a cat waits below. (This piece is in fact executed in egg tempera.) McEneaney may or may not also be referring to other forms of separation occurring in her life at that time.