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LGBTQ

Artist Statement

With this series of portrait paintings, I want to celebrate the LGTBQ+ community in the hope to offer viewers the opportunity to dive with novel eyes into its richness, tenderness and diversity, away from stereotypes and prejudiced ideas.

 

As mother of a son who identifies as Queer, as an American citizen and as a human being, I believe it is important to give a tribute of love to those too often ignored, discriminated against, at best misunderstood and at worst persecuted. Documenting this population’s personal stories and intimate dreams beyond their sometimes-non-conforming appearance or behaviors, is crucial to further their universal acceptance and enable them to live their lives openly and freely.

  

I worked from photographs, and I wanted my sitters to express their personalities. They wore clothing of their choice and assumed their own poses.

 

As a representational painter, first, I strove to get an accurate likeness of the subjects. Then I made sure to include  somewhere in the painting, something relevant to them, be it a favorite color, meaningful words, phrases or an important object or symbol. I also shared with them the progress of the painting for their comments.

 

When I started looking for subjects, I said “yes” to anyone who was willing to pose for me and be included in a gallery exhibition. I think I was extremely lucky to get a group of men and women who are secure in themselves and are willing to be looked at by both their peers and by a public who may or may not be receptive to who they are.

 

I trust that my portraits will help celebrate the diversity of humanity while showing respect and validation of my sitters’ spectrum of identities.

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