Artwork #19

Ayla Erdener


Acrylic and mixed media on board, 2012

"You" is a large scale painting that challenges the viewer. This is a personal piece for me, created when I was coming out. People, strangers and friends questioned me about my sexuality, asking directly whether I was gay or not. I didn't have an answer at the time, and struggled to find one. I was on a journey of self discovery. I decided to paint the answer by posing the question and turning it around back at them. I ask the viewer what it would feel like to be questioned, stared down upon and vulnerable because of a stranger demanding an answer.