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My Love

$20,000.00

24×30

Do we get to own this now? This is a rendition of the biblical story of Susanna and the Elders. As a mother of an innocent, beautiful young woman, seeing her become an object of desire in the eyes of the elders was petrifying. Knowing she wasn’t safe and watching her become aware of that felt so unfair. I am haunted by the dynamic of innocence and femininity and when woman can truly own their power. I used my daughter partly to envision her owning herself. I want to ensure my viewer that the beauty is theirs.

So, I painted it inspired by Artemesia Gentileschi who after being ruined in a gang rape in 1610 became the greatest painter of her time and Elizabeth Louise Vice Le Brun. Le Brun also painted a version of Susanna and the Elders. After befriending Mary Antoinette, she was given permission by Louis XVI to become the first woman to study alongside the men. She became a beloved European portrait artist.

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