I agree that we need to address the fact that we live in a rape culture, but scapegoating transgender people sidesteps the real issue: the inequality of power between genders. We live in a male dominated society, in which sexual assault and domestic violence are systemic rather than abnormal. Any violent act stems from the desire to establish and maintain power over someone, not from inherent deviance or moral corruption. So let’s begin by addressing the legacy of the disempowerment of women and children and what this really has to do with transgender people… Continue reading Dear Sen. Kolkhorst, So You Want Me to Use the “Women’s” Bathroom?
My final art projects, a short film and a painting, explore the issues of taking up space and how socially marginalized groups are trained to take up less space, even to the point of devaluing their own lives. Continue reading The Othered Gender Takes the Knife/Unmaking Space
It takes courage to point out the failures of a system that works for most people privileged by its biases. Often this generates negative and hateful attention, because this helps all of us to see our own shortcomings within the given system, bringing up shame, anger and fear. But the heroine in the story reclaims the symbols of violence, audaciously dressing in feathers as a way to embrace the cultural branding of a witch, while at the same time calling into the public arena questions of why such people are deserving of violent and genocidal oppression in the first place. The hero of any story, to me, is one who has the courage to be unashamed to be themselves, even in the face of death, and to stand up for others to do the same. Continue reading Fitcher’s Bird or the Girl Who Rescued Herself
In a place where one is given no space, culturally, economically, or otherwise, claiming space through art is an act of resistance. I used to regard tagging as an act of ego, but now I see it as a way of claiming space in a society that only gives space to a privileged few. Continue reading Killingsworth: Gentrify This
The Dreams art show is moving to Miss Zumstein on 5027 NE 42nd and the art reception will be held on Saturday, February 6th from 4 to 6pm. I hope to see you there! Continue reading the dream guides – revisited
This body of work comes directly from my dreams. I feel that our dreams are the veins and arteries into … Continue reading dreams: the star guides – solo art show in portland, or
As we interact with our surroundings, we create resonances that spread from our actions. The dominant culture creates a kind … Continue reading Learning the Tones Between the Notes of the Standard Scale