Gabriela Handal

My work is first and foremost about the human body. Afterwards, it ramifies into my personal experience as an adult female.   The images I make go from anatomy oriented or a character study, to very personal and visceral.  

I generally work with drawing, because of it’s enormous portability, versatility and malleability.  


Currently, I am submerged in a body of work that has to do with a fear of violence and physical abuse. As I make the work, I realize how profound the concern with physical abuse is. The drawings have made me reconsider my views on feminism and myself, as well as my behavior in previous relationships.


This body of work consists of self-portraits in which an external force enters the picture plane and harms me in some way. The imagery stems specifically from a previous relationship in which my partner at the time did things to my head that I didn’t want. I didn’t realize until much later how uncomfortable the experience made me. The drawings helped me, among other things, to deal with and accept what happened.

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