Hi Jennifer! My sense is that the invitation of this assignment is to offer your personal point of view. The first time you looked at Rothko's work, what did you feel/think? Even if the answer is 'nothing', that's a solid starting point. The next step might be to consider what a history of suppression, that particular type of suppression, might do to a person. Imagine for a moment, how you might feel if you were subjected to any part of that suppression. Then have another look at Rothko's work and see if you think/feel differently than before. I would be happy to help you articulate/write about this or anything like it in a class sometime. Just get in touch if you'd like to schedule one. Thanks and all the best!