ARTIST STATEMENT:Queer Icons
The subjects in the series Queer Icons are people of color, who also maintain identities within the
queer community. I imbue rarely seen contemporary figures whose facial gestures alone carry
immense power and nuance, much like the classic iconography of saints. By applying a chine- collé
technique to a polymer photogravure print process, I reference the style of Renaissance and Russian
icon paintings, transforming everyday denizens by bringing out their iconography. The work
juxtaposes traditionally disempowered urbanites with the roles of gods.
Why LGBT figures? I am exploring the edges of gender, as expressed in the nuances of the
contemporary urban world: A simple eye shape, an angle of a mouth, the tilt of the head -
indicating a queering of traditional forms and roles. The outsiders I photograph are central,
worthy of emulation. Much like traditional religious paintings conferred a sense of safety, calm
and meditation into a home, the works in this series confer a similar sense of calmness and
strength, drawn from the inner grace of the subjects out onto a world that we might not always
perceive as safe. These are figures that are double-outsiders drawing upon a strength that few
others can fathom, let alone relate to.