This piece is part of my 2017 series "In My Room." The model is my sister-in-law Gena, and I chose colors and a paper that reminded me of her style aesthetic.
"In My Room" was a series of autobiographical pieces titled for my own experiences, and told through portraits of others. The idea was the shared human experience. That the things I felt and went through were universal.
Gena presents a confidence and an assurance in this pose. It reminded me of how I felt in my journey at the time I created this piece... to balance mental health and acceptance. It portrays this acceptance and understanding, and also highlights sisterhood for me. I feel supported by her, as I do by many other women, and want to show that through this portrait.