Starting with a mixed-media portrait addressing the intrusive behavior of men, You'd Look Better With a Smile is an exploration of Myesha's reaction to having been told "you'd look better with a smile".
Even though they bring their own unique experience, capturing the emotion of other women is key to the project. Over forty inland northwest women have so far participated and completed their own portrait on large-scale prints with charcoal on paper, a medium chosen to embrace the messy, imperfect nature of real life.
The original portrait for this project was printed at 36x48 inches as a confrontation with herself, an unavoidable larger-than-life fixture:
My charcoal application was an act of aggression. I do not care for unsolicited advice, and I do not think it’s normal for others to comment on me... I thought about a time I was running when someone shouted that I should smile, all the times I'm deep in thought and someone decided I'm in a bad mood because of the look on my face.