MUST BE NICE
This body of work critiques privileges and norms within systemic cissexism that I am faced with, and simultaneously benefit from. Through both natural and appliqued adornment, I visually depict my attempt to navigate dysphoria, expression, and identity with regard to gender. The forms and materials are emblematic of the cyclical/ritualistic relationship I have with body hair, makeup, and clothing, all of which I intentionally add to and remove from my body in a way that allows me to be perceived the way I want to be. Aside from using materials that inform my gender expression, I consider binaries and what it means to exist in a state of too much, not enough, and in between: too feminine, not enough body hair, too queer, not queer enough. This body of work also celebrates desire and indulgence in what one is enamored by - despite imposed binaries.