I painted these women out of affection or admiration, but also interested in practicing pictorial solutions of the human figure. We build a patient dialogue: the material, the daily practice and myself. I understand contemporary reality and identity construction mediated by media images. The intimate negotiations with femininity and its scope are present in the wallpaper backgrounds, the masks and ornaments; as well as in the poses and looks, which go from being artificial or seductive, to direct, problematic or even painful. My starting point was the work of leading contemporary painters such as Paula Rego, Marlene Dumas, Jenny Saville or Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.