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So Happy I Could Cry

Pigma ink on paper, 3″ H x 2.5″ W

We often feel compelled to project the image of everything is fine even though we are experiencing considerable pain on the inside. I like to explore the possibility that if we were all allowed by cultural standards to show exactly how we feel, that we would find there are more like us, including those who mock the very emotions they also experience. This is part of a portrait series that challenges stereotypes and social norms, explores emotions and provokes viewers to explore their reactions to the work. The goal is to instigate confrontation between our external projections and internal interpretations that lead to conversations about what makes us weird, normal, or beautiful—and who’s really in charge of handing out those labels. This piece inspired custom fabric I designed.

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