Mixed media on canvas board, 8" x 10"
My aunt Sharon died from complications of anorexia nervosa when I was 8. It was my first major experience with death, and the experience hit my older sister especially hard. When my mother was preparing to move when I was 20, I found a collection of Shari's things which included a small box of her senior pictures and pictures from her friends. At that age, Shari bore a strong resemblance to my mom and sister, and I felt a connection to the photographs since I'd been exploring themes with my own school photographs as well as gender, body image and sexuality. The use of sewing patterns are meant to suggest the societal pressure of beauty.