Deprivation of Self, Portraits | 2019 – In Progress

Words cannot adequately express what it’s like to go through life in the wrong body. The turbulence of confusion, desperation, fear, and isolation creates a sustained trauma from which I had found very little escape. But that all changed when I began to depict the fracture visually.

Gazing into the lens of my own life’s complexities, I’m documenting the double standards, hidden curricula, systematic microaggressions, and profoundly destructive groupthink about gender identity, expression, and expectation – from every side.

In my mixed-media self portraits, I fuse my body with iconic imagery rooted in our collective consciousness. Through these images, I seek to better understand the truths about myself and the world. And to be understood.