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I am interested in how society identifies “criminality”, and how this perception shifts as
society evolves. This series of mixed media paintings focuses on “Prostitutes”: women
whose jobs were seduction, while simultaneously enduring dubious fates fraught with
uncertainty and danger. Black, pulverized charcoal and glittery, mica flake compose
these paintings, which are based upon SFPD mug shots of women who were arrested for
prostitution in the 1940s. The juxtaposition of the black, gritty charcoal against the
shimmery mica flake draws parallels to the dualities of seduction and ruggedness inherent
in the lives of these subjects. Working with these photos of female “criminals”, many of
who had clearly been victims of physical assault themselves, also began conjuring
questions about situations in which the perceived “criminal” may also, in fact, be the
“victim”.

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rheaume veronique lageisha
1 year ago
Your work is really interesting ! Nice project ...
Geoff Dunlop
2 years ago
Geoff Dunlop Artist
These are very good.I am sure that their physical presence makes them a powerful statement about people denied power over their fate
Mattia Passarini
2 years ago
nice one!
Anna Gatto
2 years ago
Anna Gatto Artist
Bel progetto!

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