The season’s already changing.
A few weeks ago I introduced you to my hair and make-up artists. You can see them HERE! One of these lovely ladies, Erica, just had her senior show at the Tweed on the campus of UMD recently. I’m so stinkin’ proud of her! She completely honored me by asking me to shot her opening. SO HONORED! Here work is amazing. And you can keep up to date with all of her works by following her Instagram account here. I’ll let her tell you about it with her artist’s statement.
To be queer is an act of defiance. Being queer is constantly going against the grain. Existing as a queer person is a political act. Mundane experiences are not mundane when you are queer. Exploring queer existence, my existence, and the way our identities change our world view and in turn how we are perceived by others; my work aims to disrupt heteronormative and cisnormative rhetoric. My work examines queer existence and its juxtaposition with domestic space, history, society, and all other facets of cisnormativity and heteronormativity.
This work examines the literal and figurative space that we as queer people occupy. I create narratives through imagery and form, subtle suggestions and language. Our bodies and our lives are being constantly criticized, policed and sexualized. Despite our daily battles, the feeling of being part of the queer community is home. This show is about the people that are dear to me, the people that I love, and the people that need to be heard. I am fossilizing these instances of existence to explores the negative space defined by our bodies as well as to create a permanent record. I want to make sense of our collective internal and external experiences in those moments.