Legal Fees for Susanna

In July 2020, Jayarr Steiner contacted Susanna Rivas and their company, Chromatic Painting, LLC to partner with him in painting murals at the Oliv Apartment Complex in Tempe. This partnership included a promise from Jayarr for a 5 month studio space residency at the Oliv's retail studio space. Susanna and their team worked tirelessly to complete the murals within the established timeline and additionally painted other walls and the interior of the studio space, including fixtures and accessories within. Susanna and their team also had to endure unwanted sexual talk from Jayarr about his genitals during working hours; at one point Jayarr stripped naked and skinny dipped in the pool while Susanna was working. Upon completion of their work, and after submitting an invoice to Jayarr for the cost of the murals and additional projects that were tacked on, Jayarr refused to pay Susanna and their company for their labor and rescinded his promise of the studio space residency. Susanna took to social media to alert their community of Jayarr's refusal to compensate the artists that produced work for him and was promptly sent a letter from Jayarr's lawyer informing them that Jayarr was seeking legal action against them for defamation and refusing to pay the invoice. 

Refusing to compensate Susanna, a working and established artist in the midst of a global pandemic that has stolen countless income streams from artists everywhere, while preaching community and inclusion is paradoxical at best. It is exploitative, and Susanna and their company deserve to be compensated for their labor immediately.

All donations will go towards Susanna's legal fees. They had to hire a lawyer to respond to Jayarr's initial letter, debunking his baseless claims of defamation. When one speaks the truth about another individual publicly, that is free speech. Susanna has been honest and patient about their experience with Jayarr and simply wants to be compensated for the work that was completed.  Lawyers are incredibly expensive, and anything you can donate is greatly appreciated in the fight against this exploitation. 53066128_1607191672345962_r.jpeg53066128_1607191687590445_r.jpeg53066128_1607191707708539_r.jpeg53066128_1607191724116346_r.jpeg


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Organizer and beneficiary

Womxns Art 
Phoenix, AZ
Susanna Rivas 
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