Serena Cole received MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. She is currently based in Grass Valley, CA and works in a haunted former gold rush era nun’s quarters. Her work has been exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Phillips de Pury, Roberts and Tilton, Dodge Gallery, and throughout the U.S. Cole’s highly detailed and lush watercolor and colored pencil works depict emotionally charged figures that question the viewer and the role of the gaze. Found images from fashion, art history, and popular culture are presented in a new and fictional dimension, which serves as a mirror to Cole’s observations on gender politics and current political climate. Repurposed and set before the viewer through the lens of a traditional painting trope, their physical makeup is reconstituted to express personal discomfort in their role of the painting subject.