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Artist Gwenn Seemel’s bilingual blog about art, portraiture, free culture, and feminism.

Knowing who you are / Savoir qui on est

2017 . 05 . 25 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

Can you be anything other than what I think you are?

Pouvez-vous être autre chose que ce que je pense que vous êtes?

The subject of this portrait is Leah Nanako Winkler and I first met her through my brother when he was directing one of her plays.

Le sujet de ce portrait est Leah Nanako Winkler et je l’ai rencontrée quand mon frère était metteur en scène pour une de ses pièces.


I talk more about the roles we assign each other in this video about what I learned from a teacher who didn’t teach me.

Je parle davantage des rôles qu’on se donne les uns les autres dans cette vidéo parlant de ce que j’ai appris avec un enseignant qui ne m’a pas enseigné.


Gwenn Seemel
Sailor Cheerleader (Leah fitting in) / Sailor Cheerleader (Leah qui se cache)
acrylic on bird’s eye piqué / acrylique sur coton piqué
18 inches in diameter / 46 centimètres de diamètre
(detail below / détail plus bas)


Empathetic Magic opens on June 10th at the MT Burton Gallery in New Jersey. I’m blogging about the series as I make it here.

La magie empathique commence le 10 juin à la MT Burton Gallery dans le New Jersey. Je parle de la réalisation de la collection sur mon blog ici.

- What to do when gatekeepers are biased
- Repeater
- Violent tendencies

- Being an ally is scary. / Être allié fait peur.
- Grandmotherly / Comme une grand-mère
- Why I’m intimidating / Pourquoi je fais peur

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(2) Comments / Commentaires: Knowing who you are / Savoir qui on est

-- lee o -- 2017 . 05 . 25 --

I love this—- it’s a break from your animals and your markers.  Wonderful to see—- and SO expressive.
  A side note.  I’m male and I’m not looking for an intimate relationship with a woman (you know why) but women think that no matter how ‘platonicly’ I’m speaking to them I’m really after ‘you know what’ with them.  Sex is great in it’s place but I’m after adventures in the mind (which I had with you know who) and really not s-e-x.  What can one do?
  A side comment.  I’ve opened up with two women recently about our mutual interests and both turned out to be gay and in relationships.  We’ve continued to be friends—- perhaps more so now that we know where ‘we are.’  And one jokes with me about my inclination toward gay women.  I thought about it and it’s maybe because I’ve been lucky—- all the gay women I know have great minds and friendship with them is a great adventure in our mutual curiosities.
  You needn’t comment.
  I’m almost finished with the cover of my book and I’ll send it to you when it’s done.
  Best wishes!  You are a whirlwind (not a breath) of fresh air!!!!
yrs, lee

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 05 . 25 --

@Lee: I’ve heard a similar story from other men too, that women assume they’re coming onto them. It’s interesting. I know that when I try to politely deflect what I see as flirtatious attention, I’m doing it because otherwise I’m worried that the man will complain I was leading him on. And that has been a safety issue for me in the past, with men reacting in a physically intimidating manner. So when I drop something about my partner into a conversation, I’m doing it not so much because I’m assuming the man wants to go out with me, but because I’m worried he’ll be angry if I don’t establish quickly what my interest in him is. I don’t know what’s happened with women you’ve spoken with exactly, but I wonder if there’s any of what I describe in their responses…

As for your love of lesbians, I hear you! smile They’re pretty great!

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