From Cradle to Grave: The Color White Revisited

Sometimes My Mask Feels Like a Gag, mixed media on paper by Julianna Paradisi (@julparart) 2010

In 2010, I exhibited a series of paintings titled: From Cradle to Grave: The Color White, at the since shuttered Anka Gallery, in Portland, Oregon. This painting, Sometimes My Mask Feels Like a Gag, was part of that exhibition.

Ten years ago, the paintings explored the significance of assigning the color white to various Western European ceremonies and traditionally female roles of womanhood, from a feminist perspective.

In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the mask this nurse is wearing takes on an entirely new meaning of its own.