Untitled
Untitled
Oil on Panel
12" x 16"
2019

This painting was inspired by Rembrandt's "Susanna and the Elders, especially Simon Schama's commentary on it, and the "Me Too" movement. It depicts a vulnerable woman looking at the viewer, the male figure was derived from an Italian Fascist sculpture. Rembrandt's painting depicts only one "elder," it is assumed the other "elder," (voyeur), is the viewer. This painting also contains references to global warming, Surveillance Capitalism, and a thistle. According to the Penguin Dictionary of Symbols, thistles, "like all prickly plants...are a symbol of the protective belt defending the heart against external harm and attacks."
I believe that no one should ever be in a position of sexual subjugation by force of will or law.