My most recent series is focused on an attempt to paint rage. Specifically, the rage of being in a world where the most mundane actions invite sexual comments from strangers. I’ve started with painting female rage specifically. The portraits of women at all ages are accompanied by the words said to them, along with their age and the circumstances of the encounter. I hope that building a large body of this work will show the relentlessness of these verbal assaults and leave the viewer with an understanding of the experience of women out in the world.
I want to continue to explore this topic with portraits of young girls not yet subjected to the comments, and find a way to abstract the men in these scenarios such that I am not giving them the “honor” of having their portrait painted.