Artist's description:

This big painting is 24" wide by 30" tall by 1.5" deep. It is painted in acrylic paint on stretched canvas, with deep sides, and has been painted all the way around the edges so that it is ready to hang as-is. It has been professionally strung with hanging wire on the back.

This painting was featured in the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art's highly acclaimed "Art As Protest" show in 2017.

The title of this piece is: It's a Boy!

Following is the thought process behind this beautiful piece of original art:

As a mom, I have seen the societal dialog about gender identity reaching kids and helping many of them realize that they are far from alone as LGBT. While I have been thrilled to see a lot of acceptance, I still hear stories about my teenage daughter's friends being bullied, being fearful, experiencing a lack of acceptance from their families and even from teachers who refuse to acknowledge and accept their gender identity in class.

Obviously we have a ways to go achieving a safer and more supportive environment for all humans, including LBGT youth, which is who this painting focuses on. I asked my daughter what a visual might be to her of the struggle some of her friends endure with their gender identity and the way the world perceives and reacts to it. She said, "It's like being chained to the gender people expect and want from you, like being chained to what you're 'supposed' to look like, act like, and feel." I found that to be a perfect visual of the invisible shackles placed on these kids, and I hope this painting will resonate with people to communicate the absurdity and even the cruelty of imposing their own ideas of what another person's gender identity "should" be, rather than simply accepting and embracing what it is to the person experiencing it firsthand, in themselves.

A companion piece to this painting is in the works!

This painting will be meticulously and carefully packed for you to ensure its safety in the mail!

Materials used:

acrylics

It's a Boy! (2017)

$400 Sold

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This artwork is sold by Isadora Hale from United States

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