Because she went out at night

When I first started painting with lipstick more than ten years ago, the first subjects I tackled were apples. I liked the double meaning of the association with the myth of the Garden of Eden; by using lipstick the medium really was the message. These apples all explore the deep-seated cultural pinning of blame on women for sexual assault: we are the temptresses who lure men to their doom. Rape victims are frequently blamed – because she went out of night (she should have been home), because she wore a short skirt – and both of these paintings of apples explore this theme.

Two lipstick apples

Size: 30cmx30cm mounted

Medium: lipstick on board

Sold to @pekkil_monta – thank you Jack!

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