Even though the piece is very minimal in it's appearance, that's where it's greatest strength lies.
The color white has always been associated with purity, innocence and frailty, so to give the model such a porcelain complexion, surrounded in an almost blindly pure white haze, it automatically speaks so much, so quickly.
Juxtapose this purity with such a powerful but unflinching gaze, allowing the viewer to decide if she truly is innocent or plotting something that you're powerless to prevent.
The deciding factor on being the upside down cross or simply a division of the face. Was she deemed evil by others or herself?
The image, while minimal can speak so loudly depending on how you view the world, innocence accused of evil, or evil hiding within innocence.
Sometimes the smallest things say the most. Love the symbolism. What's interesting, though, is that the upside down cross is also known as Saint Peter's Cross. Simon Peter, according to Catholic tradition was crucified upside down. It became an anti-Christian symbol more so in recent times. What I like most about this picture is what you've already stated. It can be looked at in so many ways. Does the person, herself, see herself as pure and the world doesn't or does the world see her as pure and she doesn't? Such a tease on the mind. Great idea, here. Kudos.
the natural cross of the face would be across the eyes and down the nose. This serves to split the face and show the symmetry - which seems too perfect here. I think that perfect symmetry catches they eye and makes us look again.
I just lvoe all of your portraits, to clean cut, so creative and colourful. I love the sharp, bold and strong angles of your face, and pale skin.. it's just seriously amazing. You've taken a simple idea and made it absolutely ominously brilliant.
I like this, interesting use of the cross of St. Peter! In some traditions, it symbolizes humility and unworthiness, which (for me) is a nice juxtaposition against both your very intense gaze, and the name of this work.