Terms of Endearment

“Terms of Endearment” is a series of work based on my personal inner monologue as I process and internalize the micro aggressions and unwanted advances or attention from men.  This body of work is a self portrait series, which I have used photo transfer to collage onto mixed media acrylic paintings.

Historically, terms of endearment is a word or phrase used to address or describe someone or something the speaker feels love or affection for.  Often, men take liberty to use various phrases, from catcalls to pick up lines, to make women feel uncomfortable, “come on to”, and in extreme cases harass.  There is a sense of entitlement to approach women in ways that are not always respectful, and to then react in ways that become threatening if this behavior is addressed directly or if they are rejected outright.