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Golden Hour
Golden Hour

oil on canvas 60x48 2022

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Sift oil on canvas 60x48 2022

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Blue Flower
Blue Flower

oil on canvas 60x48 2022

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"Women have always been demanded to fit the space around them. Whether it be a specific acceptable physical size or a particular societal role, women have been forced to master shape-shifting. I begin with a body of water in these paintings and imagine women fitting into the space. The women are not real, they are reflections of us. They represent historical women, marginalized women, strong women, forgotten women, and fighting women. I hope that we can recognize the flexibility we have in life that also shows our strength to overcome circumstances that want to contain us. We push back and step out." - Erika b Hess, Shape Shifters Series

Painting of a flowe
Painting of a Flower

 "By using her art to step outside the sanitized views of mortality and grieving that permeate our culture, Hess has steadied herself and explored new emotional and psychological depths."

 

 John Seed

 

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