Flawless - refusing to apologize for femininity, recognizing that pretty isn't weak.
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FLAWLESS (2014-2016), a series of paintings in oil and acrylic on canvas, is about refusing to apologize for femininity, recognizing that pretty isn't weak.
In most cultures, women are judged first and foremost by their appearance, and only after that by who they are and what they are capable of doing. I paint dresses as a symbol of femininity, with bold, bright colors for strength and place them in backgrounds that I find interesting. By removing the bodies, I take away the person who can be judged on external factors like age, race, ethnicity, weight, etc.
The titles of the paintings hint at who might be in that dress, aiming to break down stereotypes about what certain labels may mean. Instead, I'm hoping that we can celebrate talented, strong, intelligent, confident and capable women in all forms.
This series was inspired in large part by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie's TEDxTalk: We Should All Be Feminists. Check it out. The title of the series, Flawless, comes from the Beyoncé song of the same name in which she samples part of Adichie's speech.