Artist Statement: Centering the female image is the heart of Self Portrait with Repurposed Image.┬áThe prolonged stare of the artist engages the viewer while the poetry addresses histories of erasure across artistic disciplines. Here, the feminine reigns in the form of stereotypical imagery: cupcakes, pomegranates, a soft backdrop. The artist’s lilting voice is an abrasive invitation to examine how often the overtly feminine is left absent on the canvas, on the screen, and on the page.