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Shades of Blue

Humans have created this idea of what “normal” looks like. Society tells us that we should strive to be this idealized, perfect  person. This idea of a “normal" person is a societal expectation to be heterosexual and able-bodied. Belonging to both the queer and disabled communities, I can feel as though I am othered: I identify as queer, nonbinary, and disabled, but what that means to me when it comes to my sexuality is just, “I like who I like.” Gender is a social construct and I am just a person, not fully male or female –  just a human who happens to exist in a body. 

This work depicts the intersections of my identity. I cannot talk about my queerness without recognizing my disability and vice versa, because they directly impact each other. To create this work I used a mixture of photography and cyanotypes. The process of turning images into cyanotypes was important for me, because of the time it took to create a final piece: in my experience with my disability, sometimes it takes me more time to complete a task in the same way the process of cyanotyping requires multiple steps to achieve a finished piece. Creating cyanotypes from childhood images as well as previous artwork about my identity allowed me to visualize a timeline of growth, and reflect on what it means to me to be a queer disabled person. 

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