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Painting Untold Stories

November 29, 2018 | Taylor McNeil
SMFA alum and lecturer Ria Brodell’s new book tells the stories of twenty-eight “Butch Heroes”

About a decade ago, artist Ria Brodell started painting a series of self-portraits. They weren’t aiming for realism, though. Rather, the portraits reflected their thinking about their very Catholic upbringing “in relationship to my gender and sexuality and coming out and coming to terms with all that,” said Brodell, a lecturer in painting and drawing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts.