For this collection of portraits, Eva continued her distinctive oil on printed fabric style, this time working with live models. Remaining focused on the essence of femininity but for this time celebrating and exploring a broader conception of the term. In an attempt to redress the lack of visibility of those identifying as Transfeminine in the visual arts and portraiture in particular, Eva collaborated with Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) to find subjects for the Chrysalis series. The artist and sitters aim to promote Positive Visibility and the rights of trans people (and their families) by presenting
a collection of powerful portraits featuring members of the Transfeminine and broader TENI community.
Eva and her subjects worked closely in the planning stages. The participants’ input has been key to the success of the project. Working from styled photographs and fabrics, they made key choices during the process and had final approval on the resulting canvasses. Much time was spent developing relationships before any work commenced.