I began this experiment with salt water, eyelashes, glass and synthetic hair while in the emotional aftermath of the Ghostship Fire. This work is inspired by that which brings comfort-seagrass and signifiers of queer femme identity and sexuality. I engage with displacement and create a buoyant space for these elements to move within, age and to form new connections. The changes within the tank are documented and the documentation becomes the final work.
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.
Flotsam: wreckage from a ship found floating on or washed up by the sea. People or things regarded as worthless.
Jetsam: material or goods that have been thrown overboard from a ship and washed ashore, especially material that has been discarded to lighten the vessel if a ship is endanger of sinking.
Lagan: goods thrown into the sea with a buoy attached so they may be found again.
Derelict: goods that have sunk to the ocean floor with no hopes of reclaiming.