Bodies are costumes; or can feel that way to someone, like myself, who has changed theirs. I have experienced the vast difference between how men and women are treated; I am trans and have looked like both.
Acquiring physical traits, like an abundance of facial hair, has profoundly changed the way the world treats me. I am, essentially the same person, but my body reads differently socially, which in turn, changes my experiences. Gender feels like a layer of imposed symbolism that mediates not only relationships between us socially, but within ourselves as well.
The white male body/experience isn’t neutral or universal. Similarly, white, flat, rectangular gallery walls and the rectangular picture format are not “neutral”. They are Western traditional. I contextualize my photographs within sculptural “framing” devices. These “frames” reject the rectangle and determine the irregular bounds of their objects, which are layered transparent, indexical photographs of my non-binary trans body. These frames both reveal and hide, delineate and limit their objects. These elements are then often over-written by a third term in flat colored vinyl paint. These painted elements span the frame and wall, blocking their sovereignty as objects; and positioning the work between sculpture, installation, painting, and framed photos. All elements work together and against each other to destabilize and decentralize one another. I am creating a trans format for these trans bodies.
The MDF frames reference religious and secular architecture, public signage, the english alphabet, and symbology surrounding the human body; all of which I see as arenas that have defined and reified social constructs relating to gender and identity in general.
Most pieces are roughly 8’ x 4’ x 1”. They hang flush with the wall. The whites are flat latex wall paint, making them blend seamlessly into the wall at certain viewing angles. The photographic elements float half an inch from the wall and generate subtle projections that create a doubling effect that confuses the image at certain viewing angles.