Blog / 2019 / The Window Character in a Series of Paintings

April 24, 2019

The series of portraits of men I met online is here, and David is actually a part of that collection as well. For more about my self-portraits and why I make them, check out this video.

The paintings of David are 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

two portraits of a hairy man, one in which he shaves and the other in which he doesn’t
Gwenn Seemel
Square (David Fitting In) and Gwennalangelo’s David (David Standing Out)
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:

David took my hand. Like lots of couples, we have signals we use to communicate privately when other people are around. He let me know he had noticed that someone had called him a “terrorist” again. It was meant as a joke—it almost always was—but that didn’t mean it was funny. Pretending like only a murderous criminal intent on destroying society wears a full beard is childish.

For the first few years of our relationship, I would tease David that I’d never seen his face without a beard. I told him that I had a right to kiss his bare cheek at least once before deciding whether or not to marry him. From the beginning, he explained to me that men don’t grow beards to hide things; they shave to hide their hair.

But I didn’t get it until later. Until I’d watched a grown man grab at David’s face and ask him if he needed a razor. Until I’d witnessed an adult woman say that David looked like a “bandit.” Until I’d heard the “terrorist” comment for the nth time.

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

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