Why Be Happy When You can Be Normal?

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Tribute to Jeanette and Medusa

Jeanette Winterson’s memoir, “Why Be Happy When You can Be Normal?” inspired a painting I made recently. Her memoir is fascinating, reflecting on her early childhood and the difficulties she had with her adopted family and fitting in with a heterosexual-normative society. I was also inspired by Elizabeth Peyton’s paintings to create an image of Jeanette/Medusa in her feminine wild and beautiful landscape.

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