Heather Marie Scholl

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Heather Marie Scholl

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Heather Marie Scholl, Brooklyn

The Self Portrait series is another way I examine contemporary and historical systems of power through an intimate lense. The pieces in this series are loosely based on me, visually, but also experientially. By exploring my own emotional world, what it's felt like for me to be a girl, woman, and survivor in this world I connect to universal experiences of womanhood. "My Inner Twins" explores my inner battle with shame and self hate that can be very common to women and to survivors. The Piranha's add an outward element that the pain experienced in this work is not just inflicted on each other but also coming from outside. 

"She was watched, but she was nothing" was one of the first Self Portraits I did in this style. It represents a feeling of becoming one with the grass and the trees, in a sweet melancholoic way. Yet there is an ominous sense around this disappearing and slackness of her body, coupled with the watchful eyes.

There is a lot of competing pain and beauty in these pieces. "She leaked, but she contained everything" has so many elements it felt like she could contain the whole world. Yet she tries to cover her breasts only to have them revealed through her hands, while her tears fill the background. This is an experience of womanhood, the ways we both naturally contain all the elements of life and the ways we are taught to be everything, and yet can never hold onto it.

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