A mixed media self portrait of Riva and her dog, Zora. Riva is in the nude kneeling behind Zora’s body, burying her face into Zora’s dark fur, and wrapping her hands tightly around Zora in a strong embrace. Zora, standing on all fours, turns and looks directly at the viewer. One of her eyes is brown and the other is a cloudy white. Dry autumn leaves are scattered around them on the ground with various eyeballs hiding underneath. The eyes belong to those of endangered species. Riva has medium-length red hair. The background is pure white.

Zora: How I Understand

2009, Pastel, colored pencil and collage on Mylar, 40" x 50"

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