I'm a Los Angeles-based photographer, with frequent travels to the Pacific Northwest and beyond. I have a degree in philosophy from Occidental College and I do research in linguistics and philosophy of language.
I'm non-binary; I'm queer; I'm polyamorous; I'm a leftist. My pronouns are they/them/theirs
All art is political and being queer is political. Queer sex, queer love, and queer friendship are all art.
At the core of my artistic philosophy is the desire to create something deeply new; I would like to establish this new way, my own way of art. This way must transcend the binary of modernism and postmodernism, just as my own gender identity transcends the binary of man and woman. Thus, I take from postmodernism the art of appropriation, and use it to cast a critical view. Art must seek to bring the appropriately private into the public, and vise versa. However, rationality and absolute truth must remain in place; if they do not, the personal narrative is lost to epistemological nothingness, a grey haze of neither truth nor falsehood. Art must understand both its ephemerality and its long-term impression, its birth as a product of nature and a product above nature.
For these reasons I seek to create queer visions of the world. I draw influences from the magical realism of Haruki Murakami, the vibrancy of Akif Hakan Celebi, the love of color and love and loss in themselves of Maggie Nelson, the love of Los Angeles by the art collective Department of Archives and Records, the political surrealism of Maggie West, and the imperfect understanding of Anthony Bourdain.