Though things are getting better, culturally transpeople are considered a novelty, a threat, something to be feared, disgusted by, or abused. I've listened to their stories and themes of abuse, coercion, rape are sadly common. Growing up in the 90's, transitioned people were always maligned in media. Silence of the Lambs (one of my favourite movies growing up) is a fantastic film, but the main antagonist Buffalo Bill is remembered for vicious murder, kidnap, and being a transvestite. The Hangover films, the second one I believe, has a massive punchline that one character slept with a transwoman. Transpeople haven't been well-represented and that's never sat well with me.
I wanted to do what I could to capture the beauty I see in transpeople. There is no indication of violence, no exploitation, nothing but the love I've felt for transfolks. Some of the aesthetics are ostentatious and though not inherent to the trans community, it is an element I frequently see therein.
This project in particular is dedicated to my old friend Dee, one of the most beautiful people I've ever met.
Materials: Wood, plaster, steel, copper, found objects
Dimensions: 12" x 14" x 36"