36” x 36” x 1.5”
Acrylic, pastel on canvas
You threw gas on our fire because it kept you warm. You tried to keep us small, helpless, hidden, and when we wanted to be seen, you shamed us for it. You told us it is for our own good. You patronized and belittled us, while masquerading as an ally. And we believed you, because that’s who we are. Or at least, that’s who we were. We’ve changed. This whole time we’ve been fighting to put out the flames of the fire you started, but that was silly. Now, we’re building a bigger fire with twice the fuel and our flames will engulf you entirely until you and your empty words are nothing more than a smouldering pile of ash.
This painting is part of the Enough is Enough collection that features stories about betrayal, manipulation, abuse, control and a lack of rights for women.
Inspired by the current state of affairs in the USA after the overturning of Roe vs. Wade in which men are once again making decisions for women and their bodies in order to keep minorities controlled and silenced - this type of manipulation and abuse is something that cis women, the trans community and other minorities have experienced in the home for years. Disguising the criminalization of abortion as a pro-life decision is a disservice to the people who are losing the right to live their lives on their own terms. Abuse, neglect, gas-lighting and manipulation are tactics used by the oppressor to maintain control over a person, or in this case, an entire group of people. The name Pat is used to address the Patriarchy throughout this collection.
This collection is an expression of rage directed at those who have the audacity to claim to be acting in the best interest of those whom they are controlling.
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This painting was hand-stretched by the artist in her studio on 1.5" gallery frames. It can be hung as an exposed canvas, or framed in a floating wood frame for a more polished look. This painting comes with an artist statement and signature. If you purchase this painting you will be contacted by the artist for more information about pick-up options in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, or delivery/shipping information.
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*This is an original painting by Tania LaCaria, there is only one in the world. Frame not included.