MUST BE NICE
We often function under the influence of imposed binaries - gender, political stance, sex, class, sexuality, race. I consider the intersection of those binaries and what it means to exist in a state of too much, not enough, andin between. To humanize universal feelings of guilt, erasure, andisolation, I distill text and form to achieve approachable imagery. By transforming found and refuse materials that are familiar and bodily, I reference the desire, privilege, and vulnerability I live with as I navigate the in between. The way I utilize iridescent, sparkly, translucent materials invites the viewer to examine the haptic surfaces more closely, a process that is akin to the way bodies of gender nonconforming/trans/queer folks are examined from a distance both politically and socially. My work is an honest record of the darkest and lightest experiences I have had during my ongoing process of coming out as gender queer.