supported by experiences of pleasure, i observe intimate moments of joy & protection through care. unintentional traces of pain originate from pleasurable experiences that are unrelated to the marks they left. i reflect on areas of rest in lgbtq+ liberation & the way queer leisure can mask imminent dangers. the fear of losing bliss impedes upon myself, the sitters, and their found communities.
soft thorns is the mystified sublime that juxtaposes the reality of queer people’s everyday experiences of oppression. the ethereal takes command as a celebration of accomplishment by dismantling the structured routine imposed on us throughout adolescence. the work depicts instances of solace despite the abrasive odds against us.