No matter how beautiful we are, or have been, the world seems to demand more of us. Lift, nip, and tuck, they tell us, over and over again. So, when we look in the mirror and see all our imperfections, we lift, nip, and tuck, over and over again.
Every other woman is doing it, it’s no different than putting on a little makeup before a night out. Why shouldn’t I? I’ve come to realize that aging gracefully requires us to appreciate the wisdom of imperfections, to embrace the natural process that we all go through, no matter how beautiful we are, or have been. As it grows more and more difficult to escape the pressures of anti-aging procedures by the world around us, a new norm of false faces has risen. Sometimes it feels as though choosing to age naturally has become the new shame.
They are strong, powerful, and feminine, holding your gaze with a sense of understanding of things that we could never dare to express; I see them as standing strong, even while sitting down, challenging and reshaping gender expectations that are long-established in our culture.
My mother accepted security at a cost. I insisted on freedom of choice. Today, my daughter’s generation is embracing nothing less than total acceptance of who they are, both body and mind. It’s empowering to see. Evolution will continue, as we battle for woman’s rights, because every human being has the right for self-determination over one’s body and mind.
We are taught to play roles every day, worrying about what we are supposed to do, and stressing about what every other person thinks of us. We are told what makes a lady, that it is something intangible, yet ever important. It lives in the way we speak, walk, and dress. I thought of my mother as this piece came to life, and she said, “sit like a lady.”
Sit Like a Lady is a visual metaphor for the practice of ‘wo+manspreading.’ This series portrays female figures in confident and powerful body positions, often associated with men. By portraying women in these ‘wide’ positions with dominant body language, I challenge the customary gender stereotypes of ‘a powerful position’ for a man being ‘a sexual signal position’ for a woman.
Point of Crossing explores the fleeting moments between the unfamiliar, sharing a common place and time. These near meetings have a transparency to them, passing points in space, seemingly insignificance. Points where future, present, and past overlap then fade. In our fast paced lives today, it feels important to remember these drifting connections.
Hidden faces emerge from expressive bold paint strokes, reflecting the convergence where stillness and turbulence meet. The images capture a quiet moment of deep reflection in the midst of life’s noise, searching to find peace and happiness from within. When it’s turbulent, it is difficult to see. When it’s calm, everything becomes clear.
I am an identical twin. I have never thought of myself as identical though, maybe because my sister and I are so very different. ‘Unrepeated’ celebrates human diversity. We may all share a common form, but it is our differences that are uniquely valuable. In many cultures, the history of intolerance is a long and callous one. To develop pro-social skills like empathy and forgiveness, in diverse societies, it is critical to cultivate and forge relationships across differences.