Gender, Identity & Self

 

Some of my artworks explore personal hardships and triumphs as subjects unto themselves.  I also examine identity, including assumptions based on gender. I often approach the topic of gender in my art by questioning, deconstructing, reexamining and redefining male/female roles and expectations.  I am especially interested in gender stereotypes, roles and ideals.  I strive to blur boundaries between male/female by crossing back and forth, hybridizing and/or eschewing gender-based distinctions.  I also explore taboo topics related to gender, such as menstruation and female reproductive health.

 

Please be aware: Some of these works are suggestive in nature and/or may include materials that some would find offensive.

Shadowclan Territory, 2020
Shadowclan Territory, 2020

A poetry reading costume video made for the large-scale multidisciplinary Telephone project.

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Selfie Photo Booth, March 2020
Selfie Photo Booth, March 2020

I led a workshop to make selfie photo booth frames at the Salina Art Center in March 2020. Frames were mixed media on thick cardboard, mine says "You Are a Masterpiece".

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Fairy Tale Mirrors, 2019
Fairy Tale Mirrors, 2019

Mixed media on wood mirrors with metal photograph accents featuring myself as The Evil Queen.

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Lil Miss Spurtz, 2017
Lil Miss Spurtz, 2017

My character Lil' Miss Spurtz, a personification of menstruation, appeared in a series of short videos posted monthly to continue my menstruation artworks.

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Medical Studies & Surveys, Apr. 2015
Medical Studies & Surveys, Apr. 2015

From April 2015 - December 2016, I participated in several medical and psychological studies to raise awareness of mental health, our health care system and the financial strains of being an artist living in a gentrifying neighborhood. I have also been participating in various surveys online. I hope that my input may help others in the future. Art card drawing commissioned by Khenaton Rainey was based on a previous sleep study portrait photograph by Charles G. Wilbur.

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Me, Myself & I, Aug. 2016
Me, Myself & I, Aug. 2016

This documentary film conducts an interview exploring my identity-based artworks and includes myself in every role as director, producer, videographer, editor, interviewer, interviewee and more.

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Ebb & Flow Journal, 2015
Ebb & Flow Journal, 2015

My largest scale of my menstruation artworks, this project involved posting 365 one-a-day artworks in a wide variety of media (but all predominantly red in color) as created on feminine hygiene product pantiliners over the course of 2015.

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Vacant Stares, 2015
Vacant Stares, 2015

Found brass bookends with plastic faux marble faces and hands removed, to be arranged by the art viewer in relation to one another as commentary.

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Here Comes Dolly, 2015
Here Comes Dolly, 2015

A continuation of the Commodities series, in 3-D with a bride doll featuring interchangeable magnetic objects as her head.

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Commodities, Aug. 2014
Commodities, Aug. 2014

This series of collages evolved in response to my recent divorce and includes bridal imagery juxtaposed with newspaper advertising inserts.

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Spring, 2014
Spring, 2014

Found vintage doilies sewn into a non-wearable bra, permanently displayed on lingerie hanger.

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Bloodletting, March 2014
Bloodletting, March 2014

This represents my largest-scale installation work to date, as displayed from March - Aug. 2014 at Blue Jacket Books in Xenia, Ohio. The installation is among my menstruation artworks, incorporating previous works with tampons & crystals hung from the ceiling and Carlynn Forst’s Wombs. The installation flowed throughout the space to further viewer interaction, with the entire experience presented in such a way that it must be seen in person in order to be fully absorbed.

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Worlds Within, Feb. 2014
Worlds Within, Feb. 2014

Among my menstruation artworks, this series of collages was inspired by the idea of "femmage" coined by Miriam Schapiro, and used various media found throughout my studio. Also included was very costly silk brocade originally acquired at over 90% off retail at Hobby Lobby, cut into vaginal forms as a commentary on the Supreme Court case in which Hobby Lobby denied certain types of birth control in its healthcare plan, citing religious reasons.

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Selfies, 2014
Selfies, 2014

I have been exploring various costumes & outfits in my Facebook profile pictures, often including my penchant for holding things in front of my face. This particular image is from the Samhain Soiree Halloween performance art event at Mobius in Boston, MA.

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Dress for Success, 2013
Dress for Success, 2013

From a figure drawing session of a male model in a suit, partnered with a drawing of a female model nude created during the same week at a different sitting.

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Pirate Kitty, Aug. 2013
Pirate Kitty, Aug. 2013

Reworked propaganda poster from interactive art carnival game where viewers can dig in a kiddie pool of litter to look for buried prizes.

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Tampon Jewelry Set, July 2013
Tampon Jewelry Set, July 2013

This jewelry set is among my menstruation artworks. Approximately thirty pairs of earrings and four necklaces incorporating actual tampons were produced and distributed among women I know throughout the United States and at the July 17 WCA-STL membership meeting in response to the confiscation of tampons at a legislative meeting in Texas in July 2013.

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Survivor, May 2013
Survivor, May 2013

Found object, reassembled with digital image of the scene as found and inspirational text about overcoming hardship.

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Cattiness, Feb. 2013
Cattiness, Feb. 2013

Found embellished doilies with portraits of women mirroring one another mounted on canvas with added text "Bitch" and "Slut" surrounded by lace and a row of girly cats.

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Please See ID, Nov. 2012
Please See ID, Nov. 2012

This digital collage acts as a directive for a credit card picture. Although I could not get this design approved for a custom debit card, I have since incorporated it into a wallet design, available through Cafe Press.

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The Goddess Within, Oct. 2012
The Goddess Within, Oct. 2012

This is among my menstruation artworks and included two parts. Icon, the framed Goddess painting, was a blood moon painting incorporating menstrual blood suspended in acrylic gel medium with glass, garnet & pewter beadwork. Relic, the shelf assemblage, incorporated a rubber fetus, saffron threads in glass jar and found objects in found antique wooden box, displayed on wall shelf to accompany Icon.

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Going Grey, April 2012
Going Grey, April 2012

Photograph of myself with grey wig and merkin, taken by Charles Wilbur.

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Corporate Fascism, March 2012
Corporate Fascism, March 2012

Some of My Thoughts on Corporate Fascism and the Indoctrination of Our Little Girls Into Budding Consumers cast Disney Princesses as Nazis, emblazoning Nazi regalia on Disney Princess paint-your-own figures.

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Jason Argonaut, March 2012
Jason Argonaut, March 2012

Jason Argonaut, my lounge singer alter ego, began making guest appearances in Rock Band in 2012.

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