These bodies are precious; they are reminders of the fragility and the precarious nature of being. Our bodies, the vessels which contain and confront our world, are in constant threat of viewership and harm. Sexuality, ethnicity, and gender presentation are fraught with misconceptions that are often outside of our control. By making these bodies I aim to share vulnerability and affirmation of difference that is difficult and perilous to feel in one's own body. I hope to interrupt the dominant narrative of exclusive sexuality and worth that is derived from a broken set of standards, embracing instead of marginalizing our differences.
This group of work catalogs my process of coaching myself through self doubt, the longing to create a new set of standards, and in this work I've found community and strength. I could not do this without the support of friends and fellow artists who have encouraged me in my work and have felt themselves seen in my pieces. For me this is the ultimate connection between art and community, and I am extremely grateful for the sharing that I have received from peers.
When I hold these cups in my hand there is an undeniable personality that comes from each one, demanding consideration and care, and I am reminded of the care with which I must hold each person in my life.