Gina M. Contreras

Region: Pacific Coast


City / State: San Francisco, CA

I approach my work with a symbolic perspective, painting melancholy self-portraits that are lighthearted and depict honestly my aspirations and disappointments with Western beauty standards and romantic prospects. I seek to produce and create an abundance of sexual vulnerability that reflects and accepts the physical space I take up, but not to minimize myself in order to make others—or the male-driven aesthetic ideal—comfortable.