Violence against girls is made acceptable by how we stereotype girls. If I say a girl is a witch, she is worthy of destruction. If I say a girl is a princess, she is worthy of protection. In judgment, I ask, "are you a good witch or a bad witch?" or "are you a good girl or a bad girl?" and it is my answer and your answer that can justify violence. As girls develop into women, they grow from good to bad and are punished for growing up, growing breasts, growing desire. These works from "Shadow of Girlhood" and "I’m a Girl" series are meant to be intimate and finely painted, as that is the province of my feminine work. I want to make beautiful work but I don't live in a beautiful world. When I paint, I am trying to reconcile violence and compassion. I use fine sable brushes to paint, as each face is smaller then my fingerprint.