Our physical presentations (body, clothing, grooming etc) signal and mis-signal key biographical features about us, i.e gender, age, race, maybe country of origin, music subculture etc. And for better or worse, those perceived identity features trigger associated projections and responses from others. For instance, I have experienced the vast difference between how men and women are treated. I am transgender and have lived as both.
Bodies are costumes, or can feel that way to someone, like myself, who has changed theirs. My experience is not visibly evident in my form.
How does the body function as both the site of embodiment, the tether between the pscho-emotional and material life; and as a social tool that communicates and betrays our lived experiences? It's human without being a person. We wear our bodies. We communicate through our bodies. Gender is an expression made physical through the use of our bodies.
I use layered transparent photographs of my non-binary transgender body to present alternative possibilities and undermine common expectations of the human shape. These photos are a way for me to take my body off, look at it, and render it a proxy performer.
Almost all of the “effects” are physical and either happen before the camera (with gels, exaggerated poses, etc) or after the images are printed (layering, lighting). I am interested in the photographs as objects in space. They are very context dependent affected dramatically by installation, lighting, and viewing angle. I am interested in creating a network, where fragments are projected/reflected/repeated like language.
I am interested in the implications of injecting the transmasculine nude into art history. With some of my work I am quoting the art historical while implicating the post-human. Just as my body was both biologically inherited and designed by me.
Many of my decisions result from rejections: no to illusionistic space, no to the fourth wall, break the picture plane, no white light, no self-contained objects. I sometimes refuse these common stategies in order to denaturalize them. For instance, a rectangular picture format and white light are not neutral choices, they are traditional, but not neutral. I replace the traditional with a less expected choice in order to highlight the relativistic nature of tradition. Normal means regular not correct. I want a trans format for these trans bodies.