Emerald Barkley “A Tender Act of Rebellion”


“A Tender Act of Rebellion”

Watercolor 11″x14″

“I created this piece because I wanted to talk about how sometimes, even the smallest deviations from the status quo can feel like an act of rebellion as you attempt to live a life that is true to yourself.  I have for years placed myself in a box that never fit quite right, and have only recently begun to allow myself to be comfortable expressing what I want, and who I want to be.


For me, in this piece, the skull represents old thinking and foundations; the tentacles are deviations from the status quo; the flowers are new growth and the innocence of new beginnings. Working on this piece helped to articulate some of the positive changes that I have embraced in the last few months.”

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