Don't be independent. Don't be codependent.

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:

Don't be independent. Don't be codependent.

“You recognize, this is who I am, regardless of the environment. These are the qualities of me that pervade all of it. So for me, it was finding out that I was a storyteller. You just see yourself and realize this is who I am. And then you see the parts of you that can soften a little bit. It's like "oh I should be less judgmental. I shouldn't make such face value judgments or I need to slow down. I need to listen more." You realize which parts of you are malleable and you should work on and which parts of you are your core. This is actually who I am. Being comfortable with yourself is legit one of the hardest things, which is so bizarre because we hang out with ourselves all the time. But for some reason, we are not encouraged to be comfortable.

Through storytelling, we can connect with each other emotionally and understand that we are saying the same thing. Storytelling allows us to start figuring it out." –Adrian B.