Don't be forward. Don't be submissive.

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.

on't be forward. Don't be submissive.

“Recently, I’ve been pushing past this fear by asking people out or just telling them how I feel way more. Because I realized that honesty is the best policy. And worst case scenario, I’ve told friends recently I had feelings for them and they were like awesome, I hear that. I don’t have feelings for you in that way. And I’m like great. Now we know.

Being comfortable with discomfort and not avoiding uncomfortable situations just for the sake of being uncomfortable. Actually, uncomfortable situations are probably a sign that you’re doing something well. You were actually authentic and real and that’s scary so you’re going to be uncomfortable.

If you tell a guy how you feel, and he responds in a negative way, or people say you putting your feelings out there is ruining the mystery or some sort of pursuit, I call that bullshit. I think it’s just a way of preventing people from getting what they want and feeling in their power." –Jillian R.