Erika Kutalia

What happens when one longs to be seen and desired in a particular light and simultaneously understands how hurtful and detached that recognition can be? How do you balance that desire without acquiescing to the male gaze? Is there a way to find balance between self-discovery and external validation? Who am I? How do I see myself in this confusing world? The realization of leaving girlhood behind and entering womanhood comes with confusion and excitement, the pain of being
reborn into someone else.

Erika Kutalia is an artist and stylist based in Brooklyn.