I make what I know; which, daily, is the restrictions on my body and perceptions of my body, based on my transness, how I am expected to – quite literally – move through a space and then how I am actually able to, as a disabled person.
I found I needed to use the materiality of the art and the environment it was in to create a kind of copy of that experience. I hoped it could be one that effaced the reality of the viewer’s sense of self.
This is how the masks came to be. Meticulously created through leatherworking technique and BDSM gear patterning. They took on a life of their own between object and human only fully activated through the wearing and labor of a body.