36″ x 30″ x 10″ • fabric and acrylic
It’s interesting to observe people as they look at this piece. They start with curiosity, followed by puzzlement, then a slightly twisted smile or frown. People are drawn to its Roman sculpture likeness, but upon examination are confused about its sex.
I was inspired to create Gender Issues by recent rancor over transgender use of bathrooms. I had read an essay written by a woman who – by nature – looks and sounds masculine. She has always felt uncomfortable and somewhat afraid to be in women’s bathrooms.
I was startled when I walked into a bathroom in Europe (was it Belgium or France?) to see both women and men. Apparently for them, using a bathroom is simply about taking care of nature’s business.