Now in the newly-released November/December issue of Art New England magazine you can find "candy-colored iridescence" and corporeal-throbbing artwork in the featured article 'Turning Barriers Into Bridges' by Art and Culture Writer Tori Rysz. I was interviewed for this article last month, flattered to be part of a feature with such talented artists!
The piece is about "transgender and gender non-conforming people use the power of art to fight prejudice," and delves into the viewpoints of several prominent and emerging local artists, including myself, and Director of the Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance Dylan Hurwitz. I recently worked with Dylan and the BLAA when my art was chosen for the 'Makeover!' show at Subsamson gallery in Boston, also noted in the article. You can see more from this exhibition in my post about the Makeover! reception.
Below, get a little taste of the article, and a little insight into my thoughts on this topic:
Makeover! includes artists like Geena Matuson, a multi-media innovator whose surreal work layers the body, overlapping one figure with the next to create fractured prisms. Matuson’s practice often explores genderless and dual-gender characters. “Duality and impermanence are heavy themes in my work, however light I try to make of it,” she writes, noting that she was raised androgynous and subject to male and female roles growing up. “Creating art with a strong commentary on gender roles is, I believe, the first step in combating negativity.
- Turning Barriers Into Bridges, Tori Rysz for Art New England, 2015
While the article continues on to the work of James Helenski, I had a few, additional thoughts about 'commentary combating negativity.' People are more receptive to new information, and are more open to listening, if they don't feel pressured or harassed; people want to be treated with respect - even if they aren't respecting you. It's hypocritical, but true. I believe that presenting people with information and allowing them to draw their own conclusions will help them to digest information on their own terms, consider outside information – and change their minds. And changing minds is the first step to changing actions.
I'll be ordering my copy of the Art New England November/December issue direct from their website, and you can also pick-up some copies at Barnes & Noble, too!
Thank you again Tori for writing such a fantastic article!