I started making Body Exaltations and the End of Land in the summer of 2015 and is an ongoing project that I revisit each year. This work began as a series of photographs and is about trying to hold space for Queer bodies in celebration and contemplation while the rare places we occupy are under constant threat of becoming inaccessible. There is a particular grief that is experienced every time an indoor place of Queer gathering shuts down. Outdoor places where one can be in the body are even more rare and Queer beaches became an important environment for these portraits. These beaches tend to be on tiny slips of land that are endangered by negative climate change externalities. Economic shifts also render these beaches more desirable to bodies of privilege and create situations where they become less and less places where Queer exaltation is welcome. This project explores the complicated nature of holding celebration and anxiety at the same time .
Work from this series was shown in "Touching the Membrane" at Space Create Gallery in May 2016 alongside works by Raul De Nieves, Ektor Garcia and Keith Aguiar and at Dyeworks Gallery at Garner Arts Center in May 2017 as part of their Social Justice Art fair curated by Faheem Haider.