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A life sized female self portrait sits on the floor with chest exposed, surrounded in a cloud of deep blue. Her body is decorated with brightly colored strokes of color, greens, pinks, purples. She thoughtfully looks out at us, hands in lap.

Sitting In

Marta Frank

Oil on Wood

My body has been “the thing” for so long. There are times I feel totally trapped in it, and I've done a lot to try to correct that feeling, and it's uncomfortable. My body is uncomfortable, but it is also my entire me, it's what I'm made of. I feel exposed by the way my body has grown and changed as I have. I feel shame over my complicated, sturdy, ornate body. In “Sitting In,” I sit in my body, on the floor, openly. I am not covered by my clothing, and you're going to look at me.