Lack of Proof, not “proof of lack”

In my recent post regarding whether or not to legalize midwifery, there was an angle I wanted to explore, but did not have the link in hand. Now I do.

While being a certified professional midwife is proof of having attained a certain level of knowledge and/or practice (much like having a driver’s license), not having said certificate is not necessarily proof that a person does not have the skills necessary to perform in said function.

I know one artist, who was so good that she was not chosen for two different awards. “How??” you might ask. Quite simply, she was too good. In one contest, she was disqualified because they did not believe that she, a 17-year-old, had actually done the drawing herself (and the contest was only open to those under 18). In another contest, her drawing was disqualified because the judges thought that it was a fraud — that instead of it being an actual drawing, that someone has used a computer program to render a photograph in black and white to look like a drawing. [She found out when her mother, without identifying herself as the mother of the artist, sidled up to the judges and pointed to her daughter’s artwork and said, “That one’s pretty good — how come it didn’t place?” Just as an extra kicker, one of the drawings was actually completed in the car on the drive to the contest!]

Here is the link to her online portfolio. Yeah, she’s that good! (Go check it out, and tell me what you think.) Most of these drawings were done when she was 18, a few when she was 19. When I asked her for the link, she said that she ought to update it, since the pictures there are from 2002-2003. [If you’re interested in getting her to draw a portrait, she said the prices were very negotiable.] This one is actually my favorite for a few reasons. First, I know the subject — the youngest daughter of my late pastor; and secondly, it shows part of her skill a little better than the others, in that she alters the pose, rather than just doing a carbon copy of the photograph. She’s just incredible.

But, she is missing a few “gold stars” in her portfolio, in not having won those awards as a teenager. Yet that is most certainly not “proof of lack,” any more than not being certified (whether as a midwife, doula, piano tuner, or any other profession).

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3 Responses

  1. Beautiful. I would be interested to know when her parents first detected this tallent, and what her early childhood drawings looked like. I’m curious to know if this kind of thing is evident from the get-go.

    (Also, I don’t know if it’s something on my end, but I see a ton of HTML stuff at the end of this and your last post. Don’t know what it is, but maybe you do!)

    • [Thanks for the heads-up on the html — I had added code for “share” buttons, and didn’t do it right — fixed it now!]

      Yes, she always showed a propensity for art. Her father is also a talented artist, so she came by it naturally. As far as I know, he was her only teacher, and she was primarily self-taught. The family tell a story about when Molly and her little sister were young: Her mother had told them to fold the clothes, and when she came back to check on them, to make sure they were on-task, she sees Molly curled up with her sketch-pad while Kathryn was folding towels by herself. Questioned, Kathryn (who couldn’t quite say her R’s) said, “Molly’s autistic — I’m a wohkeh.” It sounds better when verbally told, but it’s a good example of how her talent was obvious even at a young age — her talent for drawing, as well as getting out of household chores! 🙂

  2. Beautiful!

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