Hood Lady was sitting in a doorway of a fruit market in Delhi. Initially her look appeared to be forlorn but in reality she was content. An enigmatic light shone through the doorway and it was in that moment that the opportunity for this portrait presented itself.
There is an indirect link between this work and that of early Italian Renaissance portraiture. There was a period in Art History when women would never have been painted staring back at the viewer for it was seen as disrespectful and confrontational. Early Italian Renaissance portraiture changed this and works such as the Mona Lisa were born.
Hood Lady takes her place amongst these women. Her stare is intense and direct. She challenges her viewer and unashamedly claims her right as an equal.