Shhhh is a series of portraits showing intimacy between women. The roots of this project were born from a series of portraits I painted of famous people...
In that series I began exploring the idea and method of showing images in black and white only and really fell in love with the result. I love the clean lines, stark contrast, and quietness this technique gives to the subject.
Recently I was doing some image searching online for more portraits to create, and that night I had a very vivid dream of painting in this same style, but the images in my dream were of women loving women. I woke up feeling motivated and ready to create. However, when I started searching for images to use... what I found, although not surprising , was disappointing. Typing in the word lesbian, and especially "lesbian" with any word like "initimacy" or "love" into a search engine gives mostly undesirable results. (Try it on Bing with no safe search filters and will have more porn than you ever desired). While this disappointed me, it also showed me just how necessary and important these paintings are. As a gay woman and artist, I am excited to create and share a collection of these images, showing the beauty of our love.
Through much searching, I have found several images to use, I've even gotten permission from photographer Zanele Muholi to use one of her's, and have photographed some of my own to use. I have already begun painting and am super excited about this body of work. My goal is to have 20 finished pieces and to have a formal gallery showing of the work. I also plan on sharing it online in as many avenues as I can, in an effort to offset the bulk of images representing LGBT women now. But, at this point I need a little help to finance it all.
I have some great rewards to choose from, some from this project, some of my other artwork... you can even get a custom mural painted in your own home! Truly, every little bit helps! Thank you for taking the time out to check out this project, I hope it speaks to you and you are moved to support it.
Peace and Light!
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Best, Lizzie Spaceship AKA ART by LIZ
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