I wanted to practice the rendering of drapery and referred to photos I had taken of a Roman statue at the MET in NYC. As it happened, the painting took on a different meaning as I followed a process through the courts involving the historical sexual assault of a child. The figure I had painted became a symbol of the court. I was shocked to the core by how fragile our access to justice is in a case like this. The expectation that a trial will bring justice is naive and the cruelty possible to the 'victim' who comes forward appalling.
Acrylic on raw canvas, 2.5' x 3.5'