A Queer Pentimento: camouflage and abstraction through ceramic sculptural assemblage
In this body of work, obfuscation, abstraction, and the creative utilization of ceramics, printing, and painting become visual strategies and metaphors that symbolize the intricacies of queer and peculiar experiences. The works begin initially as portraits only to be transformed, erased and obliterated.
I compose layered abstractions and camouflage, employing underglaze decals and silkscreen prints on ceramic, metal, and other materials. The project intertwines images and artifacts, drawing inspiration from the symbolic forms of makeshift shrines.
Inspired by the notion of erasure, a Queer Pentimento unravels the hidden narratives within social and cultural memory. Like a pentimento that reveals traces of a previous work of art that was painted over, an unapologetic otherness emerges. The defining trait of ‘queerness’ is its rejection of attempts to enforce normalcy. Perhaps best said by the artist and writer Jean Cocteau, “I will not agree to be tolerated. This damages my love of love and of liberty”. Despite societal pressures to conform or disappear, the work celebrates the idea that some of us cannot help but reveal our nature, and why should we.