No Damsel

No Damsel is a series that reimagines princesses and places them into a modern environment, seeking to explore and subvert their role as images implicit in commodified femininity and youth. It is a site-specific painting and installation work.


The first full length American animated feature film was released in 1937. It was comprised of hundreds of thousands of individual ‘cels’: hand painted with vinyl paint and inked onto transparent celluloid sheets. At the time, Disney Animation Studios segregated their animation and painting departments by gender. All of the cel painting work was done by women. These hand-painted cels examine a very specific type of gendered formalism and focuses on the charged nature of the materials.