Description of Works

Sculpture


 
06/12/2016   2018  Acrylic, monofilament, vellum, hand stamped type, India ink, paper wristband   *This piece is a part of the permanent collection of ArtFields in Lake City, SC.   06/12/2016 is the date of the the Pulse tragedy in Orlando, Florida. This piece is meant to memorialize the victims and the communities response to their loss. 49 individual plinths are used as a surrogate for each victim as well as the paper wristbands within. After extensive research, I have color and pattern matched the wristbands as closely as possible to the wristbands that were worn on the night of the attack. My work often includes participants as a means to highlight commonalities within and outside of the LGBTQ+ community. I have asked 49 people to submit their story, perception, and experience to learning about the tragedy. Each piece is surrounded with the hand-stamped names and birth/death dates of the victims as well as the narrative that was submitted by anonymous participants and within each is the suspended wristband.

06/12/2016

2018

Acrylic, monofilament, vellum, hand stamped type, India ink, paper wristband

*This piece is a part of the permanent collection of ArtFields in Lake City, SC.

06/12/2016 is the date of the the Pulse tragedy in Orlando, Florida. This piece is meant to memorialize the victims and the communities response to their loss. 49 individual plinths are used as a surrogate for each victim as well as the paper wristbands within. After extensive research, I have color and pattern matched the wristbands as closely as possible to the wristbands that were worn on the night of the attack. My work often includes participants as a means to highlight commonalities within and outside of the LGBTQ+ community. I have asked 49 people to submit their story, perception, and experience to learning about the tragedy. Each piece is surrounded with the hand-stamped names and birth/death dates of the victims as well as the narrative that was submitted by anonymous participants and within each is the suspended wristband.

 
 

 
Placebo Triptych   2018  Wood, gelatin capsules, plastic pouch, syringe, paint, steel, foam core  This is the final iteration of the concepts explored within the placebo series that launched early in my art making. The concept behind this piece is self medication and the cyclical futility of trying to escape the shame of being gay. Internalized self-hatred and homophobia plague members of the LGBTQ+ community, specifically those struggling with being in the closet. The risk of drug and alcohol dependency amongst sexual minority groups is over twice the amount of their heterosexual counterparts. The concept highlights the need for self acceptance and the futility of trying to cure oneself of a perceived illness.

Placebo Triptych

2018

Wood, gelatin capsules, plastic pouch, syringe, paint, steel, foam core

This is the final iteration of the concepts explored within the placebo series that launched early in my art making. The concept behind this piece is self medication and the cyclical futility of trying to escape the shame of being gay. Internalized self-hatred and homophobia plague members of the LGBTQ+ community, specifically those struggling with being in the closet. The risk of drug and alcohol dependency amongst sexual minority groups is over twice the amount of their heterosexual counterparts. The concept highlights the need for self acceptance and the futility of trying to cure oneself of a perceived illness.

 

 
Better Blood (sculpture)   2016  Acrylic, nylon, blood of participants   Better Blood  is an iteration of the concept behind  O-Negative . Thirty people participated after being asked to donate blood and answer questions required by the FDA during the initial screening process. The project began first as an attempt to spread feelings of alienation and rejection felt amongst gay males towards their straight counterparts, but the process only ended up highlighting the discrimination and educating the participants of their inherent priviledge.

Better Blood (sculpture)

2016

Acrylic, nylon, blood of participants

Better Blood is an iteration of the concept behind O-Negative. Thirty people participated after being asked to donate blood and answer questions required by the FDA during the initial screening process. The project began first as an attempt to spread feelings of alienation and rejection felt amongst gay males towards their straight counterparts, but the process only ended up highlighting the discrimination and educating the participants of their inherent priviledge.

 
Better Blood (sculpture)   2016  Acrylic, nylon, blood of participants

Better Blood (sculpture)

2016

Acrylic, nylon, blood of participants

Better Blood (sculpture)   2016  Acrylic, nylon, blood of participants

Better Blood (sculpture)

2016

Acrylic, nylon, blood of participants

 

 
Better Blood (book)    Front View   2016  Paper, acrylic, thread, blood of artist  The  Better Blood  book houses the questionnaires that the participants answered as required by the FDA during the initial screening process of donating blood. The questionnaire has been revised to reflect the importance of each individuals sexual history.   Better Blood  is an iteration of the concept behind  O-Negative . Thirty people participated after being asked to donate blood and answer questions required by the FDA during the initial screening process. The project began first as an attempt to spread feelings of alienation and rejection felt amongst gay males towards their straight counterparts, but the process only ended up highlighting the discrimination and educating the participants of their inherent privilege.    Questionnaire

Better Blood (book)

Front View

2016

Paper, acrylic, thread, blood of artist

The Better Blood book houses the questionnaires that the participants answered as required by the FDA during the initial screening process of donating blood. The questionnaire has been revised to reflect the importance of each individuals sexual history.

Better Blood is an iteration of the concept behind O-Negative. Thirty people participated after being asked to donate blood and answer questions required by the FDA during the initial screening process. The project began first as an attempt to spread feelings of alienation and rejection felt amongst gay males towards their straight counterparts, but the process only ended up highlighting the discrimination and educating the participants of their inherent privilege.

Questionnaire

 
Better Blood (book)    Back View   2016  Paper, acrylic, thread, blood of artist    Questionnaire

Better Blood (book)

Back View

2016

Paper, acrylic, thread, blood of artist

Questionnaire

 
Better Blood (book)    Open View   2016  Paper, acrylic, thread, blood of artist    Questionnaire

Better Blood (book)

Open View

2016

Paper, acrylic, thread, blood of artist

Questionnaire


 
Convoluted #1   2016  Wood, glass, paper, thread, nylon, metal   Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Mark 10:6-9, Romans 1:26-32, Romans 13:8-10, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11,17-20, 1 Corinthians 7:2, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Hebrews 13:1-5, Jude 1:5-8.    Leviticus 18:22 - Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.    Convoluted #1  describes a perceived relationship between the Judeo-Christian bible and the gay community. The individual verses highlighted within the piece are frequently used by the church, and its members, to condemn homosexuality. These verses are used, rather selectively, to describe and defend an archaic and dangerous stance on homosexuality and its evolution in regards to the Christian faith. The thread like verses are entangled and woven to capture a parallel between the misunderstandings and misinterpretations of the present day version of the King James Bible.

Convoluted #1

2016

Wood, glass, paper, thread, nylon, metal

Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Mark 10:6-9, Romans 1:26-32, Romans 13:8-10, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11,17-20, 1 Corinthians 7:2, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Hebrews 13:1-5, Jude 1:5-8.

Leviticus 18:22 - Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Convoluted #1 describes a perceived relationship between the Judeo-Christian bible and the gay community. The individual verses highlighted within the piece are frequently used by the church, and its members, to condemn homosexuality. These verses are used, rather selectively, to describe and defend an archaic and dangerous stance on homosexuality and its evolution in regards to the Christian faith. The thread like verses are entangled and woven to capture a parallel between the misunderstandings and misinterpretations of the present day version of the King James Bible.

 
Convoluted #1    Detail   2016  Wood, glass, paper, thread, nylon, metal   Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Mark 10:6-9, Romans 1:26-32, Romans 13:8-10, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11,17-20, 1 Corinthians 7:2, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Hebrews 13:1-5, Jude 1:5-8.    Leviticus 18:22 - Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Convoluted #1

Detail

2016

Wood, glass, paper, thread, nylon, metal

Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Mark 10:6-9, Romans 1:26-32, Romans 13:8-10, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11,17-20, 1 Corinthians 7:2, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Hebrews 13:1-5, Jude 1:5-8.

Leviticus 18:22 - Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

 

 
Smear the Queer   2016  Plaster, wax, wood, glass, artist's tooth  This piece started out as an exploration of my childhood experience with bullying, but evolved into a response to the number of reported hate crimes in the US involving the LGBTQ community. Of the reported hate crimes committed towards the LGBTQ community alone, 57 percent of them were towards gay men. 961 teeth are used to represent the approximate number of deaths that occurred in 2014 as reported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) . The teeth are cast from my original tooth and are arranged around it in the center of the composition. Dyed wax is used here to symbolize gums and to represent the shared identity of the victims, connecting each tooth and creating a singularity and a metaphor to parallel the shared struggle within the community.

Smear the Queer

2016

Plaster, wax, wood, glass, artist's tooth

This piece started out as an exploration of my childhood experience with bullying, but evolved into a response to the number of reported hate crimes in the US involving the LGBTQ community. Of the reported hate crimes committed towards the LGBTQ community alone, 57 percent of them were towards gay men. 961 teeth are used to represent the approximate number of deaths that occurred in 2014 as reported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) . The teeth are cast from my original tooth and are arranged around it in the center of the composition. Dyed wax is used here to symbolize gums and to represent the shared identity of the victims, connecting each tooth and creating a singularity and a metaphor to parallel the shared struggle within the community.

 

 
Daily   2017  Wood, gelatin capsules, paper, ink, copper   Daily  deals with self-medication in the gay youth community as a coping response to growing up in a bigoted community and family. Often, in places where there isn't acceptance for the LGBTQ community, the perceived hatred from outside influences internalizes and feelings of self-hatred replace and hinder self-actualization. This is my attempt to describe the thought process of a gay youth coming to terms with their perceived worth.  There are 52 pills in each drawer and each contains a word as part of the whole narrative.    Inner Narrative

Daily

2017

Wood, gelatin capsules, paper, ink, copper

Daily deals with self-medication in the gay youth community as a coping response to growing up in a bigoted community and family. Often, in places where there isn't acceptance for the LGBTQ community, the perceived hatred from outside influences internalizes and feelings of self-hatred replace and hinder self-actualization. This is my attempt to describe the thought process of a gay youth coming to terms with their perceived worth.

There are 52 pills in each drawer and each contains a word as part of the whole narrative.

Inner Narrative

 
Daily    Open Detail   2017  Wood, gelatin capsules, paper, ink, copper    Inner Narrative

Daily

Open Detail

2017

Wood, gelatin capsules, paper, ink, copper

Inner Narrative

 

 
Convoluted #2   2016  Wood, glass, paper, thread, nylon, metal   Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Mark 10:6-9, Romans 1:26-32, Romans 13:8-10, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11,17-20, 1 Corinthians 7:2, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Hebrews 13:1-5, Jude 1:5-8.    Leviticus 18:22 - Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.    Convoluted #2  is a further exploration of the ideas presented within  Convoluted #1    Convoluted #2  describes a perceived relationship between the Judeo-Christian bible and the gay community. The individual verses highlighted within the piece are frequently used by the church, and its members, to condemn homosexuality. These verses are used, rather selectively, to describe and defend an archaic and dangerous stance on homosexuality and its evolution in regards to the Christian faith. The thread like verses are entangled and woven to capture a parallel between the misunderstandings and misinterpretations of the present day version of the King James Bible.

Convoluted #2

2016

Wood, glass, paper, thread, nylon, metal

Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Mark 10:6-9, Romans 1:26-32, Romans 13:8-10, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11,17-20, 1 Corinthians 7:2, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Hebrews 13:1-5, Jude 1:5-8.

Leviticus 18:22 - Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Convoluted #2 is a further exploration of the ideas presented within Convoluted #1

Convoluted #2 describes a perceived relationship between the Judeo-Christian bible and the gay community. The individual verses highlighted within the piece are frequently used by the church, and its members, to condemn homosexuality. These verses are used, rather selectively, to describe and defend an archaic and dangerous stance on homosexuality and its evolution in regards to the Christian faith. The thread like verses are entangled and woven to capture a parallel between the misunderstandings and misinterpretations of the present day version of the King James Bible.

 

 
Limp Wrists #1-5    Continuing Series   2016  Wood, glass, plaster bandages, stain, ink, blood of participants  "Limp wrist" is derogatory slang used to demean members of the gay community, especially used towards effeminate gay men. I've chosen to highlight each participants cast arm in this position alongside a quote that has been particularly moving to them in their lives. Each person has written their memory, who said it to them, and have marked the monumental moment with a drop of their own blood. The experiences that have been shared are meant to be the moment in each participants life when they suddenly comprehended the ambiguous status of their worth. The blood is not only a metaphor for the moment that symbolically "drew blood", but also an act of rebellion by showing that they've survived.   Participant: Forrest Lawson

Limp Wrists #1-5

Continuing Series

2016

Wood, glass, plaster bandages, stain, ink, blood of participants

"Limp wrist" is derogatory slang used to demean members of the gay community, especially used towards effeminate gay men. I've chosen to highlight each participants cast arm in this position alongside a quote that has been particularly moving to them in their lives. Each person has written their memory, who said it to them, and have marked the monumental moment with a drop of their own blood. The experiences that have been shared are meant to be the moment in each participants life when they suddenly comprehended the ambiguous status of their worth. The blood is not only a metaphor for the moment that symbolically "drew blood", but also an act of rebellion by showing that they've survived.

Participant: Forrest Lawson

 
Limp Wrists #1-5    Continuing Series   2016  Wood, glass, plaster bandages, stain, ink, blood of participants   Participant: Jess Frazier

Limp Wrists #1-5

Continuing Series

2016

Wood, glass, plaster bandages, stain, ink, blood of participants

Participant: Jess Frazier

 
Limp Wrists #1-5    Continuing Series   2016  Wood, glass, plaster bandages, stain, ink, blood of participants   Participant: Ryan Wood

Limp Wrists #1-5

Continuing Series

2016

Wood, glass, plaster bandages, stain, ink, blood of participants

Participant: Ryan Wood

 
Limp Wrists #1-5    Continuing Series   2016  Wood, glass, plaster bandages, stain, ink, blood of participants   Participant: Austin Dorval

Limp Wrists #1-5

Continuing Series

2016

Wood, glass, plaster bandages, stain, ink, blood of participants

Participant: Austin Dorval

 
Limp Wrists #1-5    Continuing Series   2016  Wood, glass, plaster bandages, stain, ink, blood of participants   Participant: David Tosado

Limp Wrists #1-5

Continuing Series

2016

Wood, glass, plaster bandages, stain, ink, blood of participants

Participant: David Tosado

 

 
O-Negative   2016  Wood, glass, blood of artist  "Men who have had sex with other men (MSM), at any time since 1977 (the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the United States) are currently deferred as blood donors." -  FDA   This piece is a response to the biased and detrimental blood ban towards gay men. The blood is highlighted as the central focus to shed light on the felonious and inferior association of my blood.

O-Negative

2016

Wood, glass, blood of artist

"Men who have had sex with other men (MSM), at any time since 1977 (the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the United States) are currently deferred as blood donors." - FDA

This piece is a response to the biased and detrimental blood ban towards gay men. The blood is highlighted as the central focus to shed light on the felonious and inferior association of my blood.

 

 
Placebo #1   2015  Wood, sugar, gelatin capsules, metal, glass, ink  This piece is the first in the series to deal with the concept of the placebo effect and self-medication. Each pill is filled with powdered sugar as the metaphor for the placebo, and different “effects” are written on each pill to describe both the process of going through gay conversion therapy and self-medication to cure homosexuality. The narrative ends with a single red pill describing the end of the life of the patient. Gay conversion therapy success rates diminish right around a year, which the piece is meant to highlight.  I remember self-medicating during youth as a result of an overwhelming feeling of inadequacy and desperation. Desperate to avoid confronting the fact that I was gay led me to measures that allowed me to continue to deny my identity.

Placebo #1

2015

Wood, sugar, gelatin capsules, metal, glass, ink

This piece is the first in the series to deal with the concept of the placebo effect and self-medication. Each pill is filled with powdered sugar as the metaphor for the placebo, and different “effects” are written on each pill to describe both the process of going through gay conversion therapy and self-medication to cure homosexuality. The narrative ends with a single red pill describing the end of the life of the patient. Gay conversion therapy success rates diminish right around a year, which the piece is meant to highlight.

I remember self-medicating during youth as a result of an overwhelming feeling of inadequacy and desperation. Desperate to avoid confronting the fact that I was gay led me to measures that allowed me to continue to deny my identity.

 
Placebo #1    Detail   2015  Wood, sugar, gelatin capsules, metal, glass, ink

Placebo #1

Detail

2015

Wood, sugar, gelatin capsules, metal, glass, ink

 

 
Placebo #2   2015  Syringe, crystallized sugar, saline, charcoal*, wood, glass, chalk  *Mixed with the urine, blood, semen, and saliva of the artist.  The placebo effect and the idea of self-medication are the driving concepts within this piece.  Placebo #2  is much more individualized and is a response to something my father said to me when I told him I was being called a faggot in grade school. The syringes are crystallized in sugar as a parallel to the sugar in the capsules in  Placebo #1.  Each syringe is also filled with a handmade charcoal that has been mixed with the artist’s urine, blood, semen, and saliva. The charcoal is meant to symbolize the naïve, grade-school, definition of faggot as being a burning bundle of sticks and to describe the cyclical nature of self-hatred in regards to self-medication.

Placebo #2

2015

Syringe, crystallized sugar, saline, charcoal*, wood, glass, chalk

*Mixed with the urine, blood, semen, and saliva of the artist.

The placebo effect and the idea of self-medication are the driving concepts within this piece. Placebo #2 is much more individualized and is a response to something my father said to me when I told him I was being called a faggot in grade school. The syringes are crystallized in sugar as a parallel to the sugar in the capsules in Placebo #1. Each syringe is also filled with a handmade charcoal that has been mixed with the artist’s urine, blood, semen, and saliva. The charcoal is meant to symbolize the naïve, grade-school, definition of faggot as being a burning bundle of sticks and to describe the cyclical nature of self-hatred in regards to self-medication.

 
Placebo #2   2015  Syringe, crystallized sugar, saline, charcoal*, wood, glass, chalk  *Mixed with the urine, blood, semen, and saliva of the artist.

Placebo #2

2015

Syringe, crystallized sugar, saline, charcoal*, wood, glass, chalk

*Mixed with the urine, blood, semen, and saliva of the artist.