Don't be a know-it-all. Don't be naive.

300 USD

15% of proceeds will be donated to Womankind (, nonprofit dedicated to helping survivors of gender-based violence to rise above trauma.

YEAR 2018
MEDIUM Acrylic ink 
EDITION Original artwork
FRAMED In white

Each artwork was created after having a conversation with a woman about her gendered contradiction. This is part of a series called Defying Dualities. Learn more about the work here: www.takeupspacebybng.

Don't be a know-it-all. Don't be naive.

“I look very young and feminine and people don’t take me seriously. But once you speak to me, especially in a work setting or a professional networking setting, I come off as overly intellectual. So at the same time, I have to dumb myself down so that I’m not stepping on other people’s toes and then in the same breath I have to remind them I have two master’s degrees and my opinions are relevant.

I spend 50% of my energy navigating these things instead of just being. I just think that part of what’s keeping woman oppressed is mental patterns. The politics of our own brains. I spend so much energy filtering.

I wish we could create structures within which we could have more substantive conversations about those things without us falling back into our own insecurities and judgments." –Clare E.