“I didn't realize for a long time what the thing was that showed behind, that dim sub-pattern, but now I am quite sure it is a woman. By daylight she is subdued, quiet. I fancy it is the pattern that keeps her so still.

It is so puzzling. It keeps me quiet by the hour.”

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman.

These paintings grasp to understand the matriarch within a southern heritage of mill workers, child brides, and deeply religious broken homes. The inspiration of this portrait series comes from a memory of peering through the warp and weft of old lace curtains. The layers of patterns in the painting protect and shadow over the countenance of the woman.