Mellissa Morris

Paper photolithography is the process of taking printer copy images and transferring the
imagery onto another surface using gum arabic, ink, and water. My images were developed by
taking photo images of my self portrait paintings and transferring them into photo-lithographs.
Each one has it’s own special quirks regarding rips, blots, and tears. These prints are original
and unique one of kind images. The figures represent myself, all women, and the feminine spirit.
The aging and the simplification of the photo-lithography process lends to describing the journey
that women before me have travelled, the women that have made me, and the women that
stand with me who still march on.

The 19th Amendment painting is a tribute to the direct law. Imbedded within this portrait
are the words…..”The right of citizens of the united states to vote shall not be denied or
abridged by the united states or by any state on account of sex.” I have painted one eye in a
realistic fashion looking back at the viewer. This is a direct response to the long and
controversial issue in Art history regarding the male gaze, in contrast this gal’s presence is that
of strength and stature. There is an emphasis on the red pink lips and the last letter of the word
denied ending at the corner of her mouth a testament that her voice will be heard. This lady is
accessorized with dripping star earrings, a rose colored heart shaped cheek, and purple hair.

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