I've been starting to do more paintings in dresses from around the world, and really enjoyed painting this sari from India. I was intimidated by the embroidery at first, which definitely took some time to do. But in the end I enjoyed the challenge and am pleased with the result.
The title of the piece, M.O.M., comes from the name given to the Indian Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, which launched last year. There was this great photo and story of the women scientists involved in the success of the mission, which struck me both because there were more women (many of them mothers themselves) working at the Indian Space Research Organization than at NASA, and because they wore saris to work. So I wanted to celebrate these smart, successful and feminine women in my painting.
In my Flawless series I strive to reshape gender norms by refusing to apologize for femininity, recognizing that pretty isn't weak.