Bloodlines a Taxonomy of Prints
Critical confabulations (fabricated histories based on a kernel of truth) are often the starting point for the work I am engaged in. For example, this series of prints began with a reimaging of characters from my and my husband’s family trees. These queer stories about a gay general named Fred from Flatbush, Brooklyn who fought in the American Revolution, and a lesbian freedom fighter named Isabela from Ojo de Agua, near Salcedo in the Dominican Republic who fought against the dictator Rafael Trujillo, became the basis for drawings, and a collection of prints. This taxonomy provides a visual vocabulary of signs representing aspects of their lives, from the time bomb hidden inside a dish of sweet plantains to the new shoes that Fred stole from an English supply line. These fantastic fabrications act as transgressions of historical erasures; inserting queer radicals back into histories from which they are omitted from; so often is the case for the queer and peculiar.