Artwork / Empathetic Magic / Hannah Fitting In and Standing Out

cyborg cookie cutter and the portrait of a woman as she truly is
Gwenn Seemel
Tool (Hannah Fitting In) and Weird Theorist (Hannah Standing Out)
2019
acrylic on bird’s eye piqué
each painting 18 inches in diameter

$1800  |  $1800

Hannah smiled at the gallery director, turning away only once she’d heard the woman out. She was being much more graceful than I would have been if a gallerist had grabbed me by the chin at my art opening.

I had caught the moment as I photographed the reception for my friend. Unfortunate though it was, I realized this encounter could make an interesting painting for Empathetic Magic: an Asian woman being treated like a little kid by her white peer.

When Hannah and I met up a few weeks later, I asked her about the exchange. Far from perturbed, my friend had to be reminded of what the gallerist had done. People view her as child-like and it doesn’t bother her. She is happily childfree and sees herself as her own child.

You can watch the making of Tool.

painterly portrait of a cyborg
detail image
painterly portrait of a happy woman
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