It's the last day! Barring a last-minute backing at the highest levels (for an original painting), this fundraiser will most likely fail. I've realized that because I work in a project structure, Indiegogo is a better option than Patreon, so I'll point daughtersofmercury.com there in a couple weeks with a goal set by how far over budget I actually went already. In the meantime, here again is the half of the second cycle completed so far, and the intended future models announced. There's a slot open for commissions (tweet @Caitlin_Jenner, perhaps?)
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Lately some underinformed critics have suggested that by raising the money to make art, I'm competing with funding that could go directly toward living cost fundraisers. I disagree, in part because I share those fundraisers, and pass most of this money on to those it's about as payment for modeling and otherwise; in part because I feel that someone who will pay for art may not necessarily just give that money up for charity instead. It's hard to make cis people as aware of the particular struggles of poor trans women as other trans people are, which is one reason why it's easier for me as a cis woman to raise money (not that this is particularly easy) for an art project than it is for trans women to raise money to live. This is why I emphasize that cis people with the money to spare should be backing these projects, in the hopes that through me sharing their work and painting the portraits of some of the more outstanding trans women, we can as a society support all of them more, and stop killing them, whether through violence or apathy.