Florals and natural patterning are replacing glitter and sequins as a representation of my shifting queerness, the softness of the patterning an allusion to the femme I present and the hidden worlds beneath the petals. When left to myself, I lost much of the face I presented to the world. Beneath I found my perception of myself shifting with my ever changing body, morphing cyclically with my cycle and an illness I’ll never escape. I found that many of the markers of femininity I once embraced made me dysphoric, alienated me from myself, and, upon reentry to the world, and I had to reshape once again the way I perceived myself, fashioning this perception to my presentation.
These works are studies and ruminations-- some quick, some slow-- beginning with collage and moving towards installations, as a way to work through ideas of self, create internal "landscapes," re-map my connection to the natural world around me and the place I (my body) inhabits in it.