The Front Presents
The Girl Who Loves Roses

March 30th, 2017

The Girl Who Loves Roses showcases the work of Panteha Abareshi, a 17-year-old illustrator from Tucson, Arizona who creates vibrant and graphically raw portraits of women and characters in the style of sequential art that are strong, vulnerable, and unapologetically confrontational with their viewer. Themes of chronic pain and mental illness are prevalent in her drawings and her energetic use of color is accompanied by a violence that feels anarchic and celebratory in its honesty. By primarily drawing women of color and focusing heavily on self portraiture that is unflinchingly honest and intimate, her work comes from a perspective that is too often amiss in popular culture and contributes to a representation that is lacking in our media; from advertising, and film and television, to the art world as a whole.