The Encumbrance shows the artist in various self portraits. They are placed in a landscape reminiscent of pre-renaissance landscape painting.
Two lines separate the bigger figures at the front and the smaller figures rendered in sepia. A barrier, that looks easy enough to cross, but still seems to be holding power over the figures, is prominent in the picture.
Flowers grow from the figures at the forefront.
These three figures relate in a particular way to each other. From right to left the character can be seen to undergo an evolution in stage of (un)dress and in independence. While the figure on the far right is still searching for meaning outside of herself, the figure on the left looks out at the viewer, asserting her gaze, owning her sexuality and power.