I have long considered art a potent mediator of queer identity and space. Not merely in its ability to be uplifting nor as validation of a particular lifestyle but in its capacity to point toward alternative ways for humans to perceive, interact, and desire. My queer identity is a lens of criticality. It’s a position of power from which I am able to consider the mutability of language, objects, images and spaces. It’s a challenge to myself and others to look intently, feel deeply, and question aggressively.
Queer alterity has often relied on the appropriation or reclamation of language, image, object, and spaces to transform symbols of oppression into markers of liberation. Transformation reveals how inscribed, intended or normative meanings are never fixed. This malleability can be seen in texting and emojis where context is vital to interpretation. My personal emojis - collaged with erotic, nostalgic, violent, or humorous images and text - are composed into a queer syntax with the potential to shift our point of view, sensitize our bodies and interrogate the norm.