explores alternate ideas of portraiture and the body. Throughout Western art history, the female body has often been used as a “muse” or conduit for artists to express various ideas or concepts. Ideas such as delicacy, virtue or sexual nature are common in this canon. Male bodies have been used to depict strength, bravery, destruction and intellect. Both have been problematic in that they try to solidify an idea of what gender should look like. Often, women’s bodies have been portrayed through the ‘male gaze’, a term popularized by feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey and art critic John Berger.