PROMISE LAND  
2017 - in progress

Oh promised land
What a wicked ground
Build your dream, tear it down.
 
Natalie Merchant

 Banana Factory Art Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Banana Factory Art Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Smears

Spills + Stains

Paper Crowns

Using smeared lipstick, stains and spills, the images from ‘Promise Land’ speak to the conflicting pressures women face.  Our early hopes and expectations - the belief that we can do anything - leave us at odds as we mature and internalize resistance from society.  Are we too much or
not enough?  We
learn to be both cautious and defiant - promised a kingdom, we are continually silenced.  How do we stand up when we are perpetually taught to sit down?  Suspended between the desire to communicate and the fear of being exposed, we walk a tightrope between
hiding and wanting desperately
to be seen.  Smears, stains and spills are used in this work as metaphors for what we wish to conceal but
cannot suppress.  Still and restrained, these images convey an intensity referencing old European painting and emphasizing the col-

lective unconscious.  The photographs from 'Promise Land' blur the boundaries of what society expects from us and the loss of
childhood innocence.

                             
                                           Prints in this series available as 30 x 30"  signed, limited edition prints.