Blog / 2019 / How Many Childfree People Do You Know?

April 18, 2019

I have been childfree for a few years now, and it has only made me more invested in our future.

This painting is currently on display along with the rest of Empathetic Magic in Burlington, New Jersey!

Open: through April 29th by appointment

Lyceum Hall
432 High Street
Burlington, NJ 08016
609-239-0029

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

Each of the diptychs in Empathetic Magic comes with a statement about how I know the subject. The following is the statement that goes with these two portraits:

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.

The portraits of Hannah are for sale for $1800 each—see all currently available artworks. You can purchase prints from my Redbubble shop.

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