18-007 'We Still Embrace'
digital photography printed on silk
Sexuality is a corporeal realm, both liberating and binding to the queer body. The snake, a dichotomic sexual symbol, both phallic and effeminate, wraps around the curves of the body emblazing the skin. Beautiful, but capable of striking it’s holder down if provoked. Printed on silk, the tactile nature of the piece exaggerates that intimate act of self-embrace. These moments of self-celebration, the queer individual must turn a blind eye to and simultaneously embrace the image that society has forced onto their skin, a mark. With our rose-colored glasses, we paint it pink and call it a beauty mark and claim a culture of oppression as our own. While beautiful, it's hard to love a mark we were taught to fear. But, we still embrace.