CM: Cassandra Slone's Plath, Frieda and Nicholas was made as a homage to Sylvia Plath on the occasion of The Oxford Playhouse Exhibition during The Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium (25-29/10/2007) of the University of Oxford, England, organized by Kathleen Connors. Artworks by artists Linda Adele Goodine, Ann Dingsdale, Amanda Robbins, Cassandra Slone, and Kristina Zimbakova, inspired by Plath in various media were on display in the top room of The Oxford Playhouse, all around the walls, including the window treatments.
The source of the photograph of Plath and her children came from a stack of photos obtained through the Lily Library, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. It is a common photo and can be easily found through other sources. Plath is in her home posing with her children. Kathleen Connors who commissioned Slone to do these portraits was intent on having one of a younger ambitious Plath; and then one of her with her famous braids during motherhood and her more difficult and ultimately inspiring years. This one belongs to the latter portraits. There was no intent to link the medium and Plath's unfortunate fate. The jagged lines and erratic composition, which appeals to Slone, is typical of linoleum cut. The artist admits to have intentionally made Plath's hand skeletal, in her aim to make her grip fragile on her loved ones.