Mona Lisa Smile
This image was shown in the artist’s solo exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle in 2017.
“Mona Lisa Smile represents the exclusion of Northwest Coast art from the canon of “great art” in mainstream art history. It also speaks to the male gaze present in many famous paintings of women.
The mask is a land otter. Land otters would take the form of a beautiful woman and appear to unsuspecting men to steal them away.”