Crystal Zapata – Don’t Be Afraid of Yourself II (2014)
I am in love with this image. Seriously, I know mid-career artists who aren’t as conceptually cohesive, direct and unequivocal.
And Zapata isn’t about holding the hands of anyone who misses the ostensible point:
I’ve never had such a hard time trying to make art. Lately, I’ve been
trying to figure out what it is that I actually care about. As it turns
out, I am a woman. I can go on for a while about all of the things that
anger me about our social construct, but all I will say is fuck the
media and fuck history for telling me that I have to be a pretty,
flawless, sexual being, when my own sexuality is taboo.
Awesome and profoundly relatable.