"My fairy king can see" - a portrait of Freddy Mercury

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Stephen

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About watching the waves and holding on

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"Pay it no mind" - a portrait of Marsha P Johnson

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The artwork is a portrait of Sylvia Rivera. It is a mixed media artwork showing her head & shoulders, painted digitally in Photoshop in color, and a background collage with elements referencing her life mostly held in a greyscale.

"For My Community" – A portrait of Sylvia Rivera


"We didn't take no shit from nobody. We had nothing to lose. You all had rights. We had nothing to lose. I'll be the first one to step on any organization, any politician's toe if I have to, to get the rights for my community." - Sylvia Rivera

The portrait of Sylvia Rivera is painted digitally in Photoshop, and a background collage with elements referencing her life as well as the above quote. The reference for the portrait is a series captured by Valerie Shaff in '96 just before the destruction of her home for the build of the Hudson River Waterfront project. Rivera described the event as follows: β€œIt’s called a sweep. Not even a fucking eviction. A sweep, like we’re trash.”


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The artwork is a portrait of Alok Vaid-Menon (on the left) and Laverne Cox (on the right). It is a lively, colorful mixed media artwork with both heads painted digitally in Photoshop and a background collage with elements illustrating their conversation.

"Someone has felt your loneliness before" – Mixed media work portaying Alok Vaid-Menon & Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox: "What helps you get through?"
Alok: "History. Reading for me was a lifeline because I found people who felt the same thing before me. [...]
Someone in the world has felt your loneliness before. Find your ancestors, become their living memorial.."

This work is inspired by the conversation Laverne Cox @lavernecox had with Alok Vaid-Menon @alokvmenon on the Laverne Cox Show, a beautiful, insightful and inspiring dialog, that I keep going back to and relisten, cause there's so much important stuff being said ❀️ for example about loneliness, the importance of history and compassion with self and.. Listen to it ;) 🌊🌈

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