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You'd Look Better With A Smile

The interactive portraiture project by Myesha Callahan Freet.


The Concept

Starting with a mixed-media portrait addressing the intrusive behavior of men, You'd Look Better With a Smile is an exploration of the artist's reaction to having been told "you'd look better with a smile".

Myesha printed the original portrait for this project 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.
Myesha Callahan Freet

We all have a similar story, so capturing the unique experience and emotion of other womxn is key to the project. Over ninety people have 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 project is used as a vehicle facilitating the similar experiences that we have. To complete their portraits, participants are given a safe space to visually explore themselves in the unusually large format. The time and space during the workshop helps participants to embrace what others may see as imperfections, and provides each with a moment to address themselves in a surprisingly emotional way.

The Artist

The Collection

Myesha, 2017 Myesha, 2017
Denise, 2018 - #1 Denise, 2018 - #1
Lara, 2018 - #2 Lara, 2018 - #2
Hanna, 2018 - #3 Hanna, 2018 - #3
Caitlyn, 2018 - #4 Caitlyn, 2018 - #4
Devynn, 2018 - #5 Devynn, 2018 - #5
Tammy, 2018 - #6 Tammy, 2018 - #6
Normina, 2018 - #7 Normina, 2018 - #7
Alison, 2018 - #8 Alison, 2018 - #8
Lydia, 2018 - #9 Lydia, 2018 - #9
Rachel, 2018 - #10 Rachel, 2018 - #10
Tazja, 2018 - #11 Tazja, 2018 - #11
Terra, 2018 - #12 Terra, 2018 - #12
Kaila, 2018 - #13 Kaila, 2018 - #13
Casaundra, 2018 - #14 Casaundra, 2018 - #14
Lexi, 2018 - #15 Lexi, 2018 - #15
Amylou, 2018 - #16 Amylou, 2018 - #16
Candice, 2018 - #17 Candice, 2018 - #17
Melody, 2018 - #18 Melody, 2018 - #18
Shawna, 2018 - #19 Shawna, 2018 - #19
Tessa, 2018 - #20 Tessa, 2018 - #20
Elizabeth, 2018 - #21 Elizabeth, 2018 - #21
Justefanie, 2018 - #22 Justefanie, 2018 - #22
Margaretia, 2018 - #23 Margaretia, 2018 - #23
Hara, 2018 - #24 Hara, 2018 - #24
Carla, 2018 - #25 Carla, 2018 - #25
Heidi, 2018 - #26 Heidi, 2018 - #26
Kat, 2018 - #27 Kat, 2018 - #27
Dana, 2018 - #28 Dana, 2018 - #28
Danielle, 2018 - #29 Danielle, 2018 - #29
Laurel, 2018 - #30 Laurel, 2018 - #30
Terra, 2018 - #31 Terra, 2018 - #31
Patricia, 2018 - #32 Patricia, 2018 - #32
Michelle, 2018 - #33 Michelle, 2018 - #33
Tabatha, 2018 - #34 Tabatha, 2018 - #34
Kadance, 2018 - #35 Kadance, 2018 - #35
Hillary, 2018 - #36 Hillary, 2018 - #36
Nichole, 2018 - #37 Nichole, 2018 - #37
Grace, 2018 - #38 Grace, 2018 - #38
Rosemary, 2018 - #39 Rosemary, 2018 - #39
Leanah, 2018 - #40 Leanah, 2018 - #40
Diane, 2018 - #41 Diane, 2018 - #41
Autumn, 2018 - #42 Autumn, 2018 - #42
Rebecca, 2018 - #43 Rebecca, 2018 - #43
Osazé, 2018 - #44 Osazé, 2018 - #44
Adéola, 2018 - #45 Adéola, 2018 - #45
Melissa, 2018 - #46 Melissa, 2018 - #46
Better With a Smile image Nikki, 2018 - #47
Karen, 2018 - #48 Karen, 2018 - #48
Christina, 2018 - #49 Christina, 2018 - #49
Better With a Smile image Bethney, 2018 - #50
Genevieve, 2018 - #51 Genevieve, 2018 - #51
Better With a Smile image Nicole, 2019 - #52
Better With a Smile image Cindy, 2019 - #53
Better With a Smile image Ellen, 2019 - #56
Better With a Smile image Emily, 2019 - #57
Better With a Smile image Jackie, 2019 - #58
Better With a Smile image Lauralee, 2019 - #59
Better With a Smile image Sabrina, 2019 - #60
Better With a Smile image Rebecca, 2019 - #61
Better With a Smile image Brittany, 2019 - #62
Better With a Smile image Indiria, 2019 - #63
Better With a Smile image Jill, 2019 - #64
Better With a Smile image Ashley, 2019 - #65
Better With a Smile image Aiko, 2019 - #66
Better With a Smile image Olivia, 2019 - #67
Better With a Smile image Laureen, 2019 - #68
Better With a Smile image Crystal, 2019 - #72
Better With a Smile image Connie, 2019 - #73
Better With a Smile image Courtney, 2019 - #74
Better With a Smile image Ariel, 2019 - #75
Better With a Smile image Maren, 2019 - #76
Better With a Smile image Emily, 2019 - #77
Better With a Smile image Tiana, 2019 - #78
Better With a Smile image Cynthia, 2019 - #79
Better With a Smile image Holly, 2019 - #80
Better With a Smile image Mallory, 2019 - #81
Better With a Smile image Sheila, 2019 - #82
Better With a Smile image Savanna, 2019 - #83
Better With a Smile image Ashley, 2019 - #84
Better With a Smile image Talia, 2019 - #85
Better With a Smile image Jasmine, 2019 - #86
Better With a Smile image Donna, 2019 - #87
Better With a Smile image Jennifer, 2019 - #88
Better With a Smile image Sarah, 2019 - #89
Better With a Smile image Sarah, 2019 - #90
Better With a Smile image Jackie, 2019 - #91
Better With a Smile image Samantha, 2019 - #92
Better With a Smile image Audrey, 2019 - #93
Better With a Smile image Eva, 2019 - #94
Better With a Smile image Christine, 2019 - #95
Better With a Smile image Roin, 2019 - #96
Better With a Smile image Shantell, 2019 - #97
Better With a Smile image Kathryn, 2019 - #98