the model seen here, recurs in Mickalene Thomas’s work. Here, the artist
has layered a silkscreen print, thickly applied acrylic paint, and a bejeweled
collage into a portrait of one of her favorite sitters, and applied it to a
background reminiscent of 1970s living-room paneling. Ms. Thomas was
inspired by computer-manipulated images, where certain areas may be resized and
recolored. The rhinestones transform the portrait into an eye-catching
celebration of a confident, self-possessed woman.