Queer Equality --A Sculpture Series
Thirty-six states today have same-sex marriage legalized in the United States. As a lesbian, this has been a huge deal for my fiancee and me. In only 2013, California re-legalized same-sex marriage. This movement is personal for me, to be validated as a human with equal rights regardless of sexual orientation or whom I marry. I want to articulate the gay marriage movement in the United States as a personal and national history.
Preliminary sketch of “You May Kiss The Partner”
Approx. 18 x 16 x 6”
The first piece of the series is a steel sculpture made with 1/4” rod, entitled “You May Kiss The Partner.” It contains two profiles of heads about to kiss, modeled after my partner and I, it participates in the discussion of gay marriage equality. Since the profiles are simplified, it highlights the fact that we are just people who love other people, discriminating the right to love is inhumane. This is a symbol of the movement as a whole.
Preliminary sketch of “Marriage Equality: History in the Making”
Bronze and Steel sculpture.
Approx. 18 x 24 x 6”
The next piece in the series is a scaled down map of the United states. Each state is a separate piece with the year gay marriage was legalized engraved. The states will be made out of bronze. The states will be at varying heights based on the year by use of steel rod; for example the oldest year state is the highest on the longest rod from the base, the unlabeled states will be directly attached to the base. This is the documentation of the national history of the movement in the United States.
Preliminary sketch of “What a Homosexual is seen/sees”
Approx. 10 x 8 x 6”
The last piece of the series is a self portrait. This is no ordinary portrait, it has words and phrases engraved on the outside and interior of the face. The outside will have words of hate and homophobia. This describes the negative perspective of homosexuals, specifically women as I have experienced. These hurtful things make impressions on homosexuals like me, however shallow they may seem. The interior will contain the way we see ourselves in positive ways. This articulates the personal experience, mine is one among many.