About this artwork
Artist John Kelly presents a realistic portrait of Parisian writer Zoe Besmond de SennevilleÑwhose critically-acclaimed book Journal de mes Oreilles chronicles her hearing loss. John incorporates her story, highlighting her challenges in an unsentimental and intimate portrait. Her hands and feet remain the only visible parts of her body, which is a mixture of calm and nervousness. The barest suggestion of her face surfaces, with the lace dividing us from her internal struggle.