FALL 2016 - FALL 2017

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The projected video is doubled in space using a two-way mirror commonly used for surveillance and privacy purposes. In the space, the mirror has the effect of both doubling the surveillance of my body and negating its ability to provide privacy.

The Best Transwoman

The Best Transwoman

Focusing on the throat as a charged sight of violence, desire, and gendered identification, this piece draws one into a scene of pressure. By inverting the standard optical mode, as one recedes from the device the image is magnified, one's sense of closeness to the body in question is disrupted. The phrase uttered in the video is: “The best transwoman is an invisible one.”

Trans Effigy 2016 Seals

Trans Effigy 2016 Seals

A documentation piece wherein wax seal designs are created for each trans* person murdered in the U.S.A. in 2016. These designs are used to manufacture wax stamp tools and printing plates for further projects relating to trans death and violence against trans* bodies in general.

Trans Effigy 2016 M.L. Seal

Trans Effigy 2016 M.L. Seal

1 of 28 in a documentation piece wherein wax seal designs are created for each trans* person murdered in the U.S.A. in 2016. These designs are used to manufacture wax stamp tools and printing plates for further projects relating to trans death and violence against trans* bodies in general.

Trans Effigy 2016 Stamps

Trans Effigy 2016 Stamps

The handles of each stamp are extended and shortened based on the victims age in comparison to my own. In this way, I am relating their lives and trans* bodies to my own through the process of baring witness via the act of stamping.

Trans Effigy 2016 Stamps (detail)

Trans Effigy 2016 Stamps (detail)

The handles of each stamp are extended and shortened based on the victims age in comparison to my own. In this way, I am relating their lives and trans* bodies to my own through the process of baring witness via the act of stamping.

Trans Effigy 2016 Glass Waxes

Trans Effigy 2016 Glass Waxes

Using high fired clay press molds, hot gathered clear glass was pressed to mimic the form of wax seals on envelopes. Fragile and difficult to read, the transparency of the glass seals challenges viewers to slow down and requires them to search for the information embedded within.

Trans Effigy 2016 Glass Wax Detail

Trans Effigy 2016 Glass Wax Detail

(Detail) Using high fired clay press molds, hot gathered clear glass was pressed to mimic the form of wax seals on envelopes. Fragile and difficult to read, the transparency of the glass seals challenges viewers to slow down and requires them to search for the information embedded within.

Trans Panic! (video still)

Trans Panic! (video still)

The piece takes documentation footage of a recent anti-trans rally I witnessed. My body is blanketed in the projected image of this video. Their hate and fear of trans bodies being articulated by the topography of my trans body. An intersection of fear both witnessed and felt. The title of the piece "Trans Panic!" refers both to the legal defense known as Trans Panic (stemming from the term gay panic) and to my own feelings as I witnessed this event. The 41 second video is looped and projected.

Import

Import

“Import" is a computational text generator which takes the beginnings, middles, and endings of news stories related to the killing of trans* people in the U.S. in 2017 and reconstitutes them into new, hybridized stories of three parts. By combining and deconstructing, and then reconstructing these narratives, new and poetic textual moments are formed from the fragments.

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