For a while now I've been wanting to create a series of work about trying on different belief systems, social groups, and opinions. I like to think of our identities as being ever evolving and growing To truly live an examined life its part of the experience is to think through and sometimes even adopt various view points before settling into our own truth. Like clothing though, whatever we identify with today may not permanent and we always have the option to move on.
This painting specifically is a reflection on the Conservative politics that I wore as a teenager and into my early 20s. I remember believing and even being outspoken with opinions that I now see as non-inclusive, racist, and harmful to society. I still feel guilt and shame about this, but I am not that person anymore. I tried on Conservatism and threw that garbage sweater in the metaphorical trashcan.
I had to practice a lot of restraint in writing this by not going off into a rant.