growing up a dirty child in a wild world, it's time to embrace being filthy. this is our chance to be in the spotlight. filthy is here for artists of all colors, shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and identities.
Gender is a socially constructed image. Media has the power to influence and employ images to a widespread audience, and subliminally alternate inner reality. As a photographer, it is impossible to separate myself from this reality: but it is possible to cultivate space within the world that is accepting and gives voice to those who often feel without one. Instead of putting people in boxes, I seek to tear them down. Utilizing the power of film photography and print, my goal is to be constantly questioning and reformatting the ways in which people see gender, stereotypes, and identity by implementing absurdism in portrait and studio photography. Color is imperative in this process for a multitude of reasons: color (however unintentionally) often sparks deep associations with categorizing or making assumptions about humans, gender, or race, and is also a tool implemented in advertising and tabloids to catch attention. By using loud, saturated colors, I can emphasize these issues as well as mock them with intentional use of colors often associated with a certain gender or idea. I have always been intrigued by the power of media and consumerism, and as an artist I have realized that I have the ability to combat this with my own power and voice, and the voices of those marginalized and screaming to be heard. Having studied history of hysteria, feminism, queer theory, and observing queerness, I plan to mix the old and new to create something unique and politically challenging. With this, those who live outside the reality of the social norms often create their own realities, both through dreams and escapism.