God Made Me 

(And They Love Me)

2021

Featured at:

Proximity | Urban Arts Space| Columbus, OH | February- March 2021

Monsters are powerful symbols of transformative agency, heavily ingrained in Western culture. With transmutating creatures living rent-free in our collective imagination, I have to wonder: why is it taboo for queer people to transform? Just as LGBTQ+ activists reclaimed ‘queer’ as a radical identifier, I reclaim ‘monster’ as an uncompromising symbol of bodily agency.

A science experiment in my own right, my beasties mimic the conditions of my transition, from ‘coming out’ to gender confirmation surgery. Sutures become ladder stitches, tattoo’d decoration blooms as embroidery. From the sagging, pustulating breast to the uplifting Seraph above, the spectrum of dysphoria to euphoria broadens as you enter my monster mash. 

 

Birthing my brood is understanding my body. Sculpting my form is self-love.  

 

My canvas- IT’S ALIVE! A mad science lab, a temple to the transformed, a space where anatomy has no limits. Mold flesh to the most unruly desire; relishing every cut, stitch, prick, and dye. Let us marvel at metamorphosis and wreak havoc on normalcy!


If this sounds like a B-Rate horror movie, good.

Click here to view the full Proximity exhibition online.

TIRESIAS/FELT SO HEAVY

minky, pleather, embroidery floss, ink on satin, packing pellets
175" x 58" x 70"

DIONYSUS/KEEP IT TIGHT

minky, pleather, embroidery floss, ink on satin, polyfill

66" x 24" x 50"

CERBERUS/THERIANTHROPY

duck canvas, minky, pleather, embroidery floss, ink on satin

161" x 84"

CHROMA/I FEEL LIKE GLITTER

sequined fabric, pleather, embroidery floss, foam

217" x 48" x 4" (approx.)

SERAPH/BE NOT AFRAID

duck canvas, pleather, embroidery floss, ink on satin, polyfill

18" x 92" x 127"

Select photos by

Kristen Phipps

Studio Vicieux ©2021