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Acrylic on Canvas
Artist Statement: In this piece, I tried to capture a moment Marisa recalled to me about the first time she shaved her head after struggling with alopecia and self worth. She was able to go swimming in water, something she would have never done before shaving her head. Her brave journey of self acceptance, despite her health challenges, is remarkable. I wanted to recreate that moment in my art, this time incorporating the preventative double-mastectomy she underwent. Marisa is very candid about the difficulties she faced, emotionally and physically, to accept herself as she is. I call this piece “Free” and I hope it inspires viewers to emulate Marisa’s philosophy of self love; free of society’s expectations and judgments of what it means to be beautiful and worthy of love.