Size: 5′ x 5’6″
Materials: Wood, Acrylic Paint, Red Thread
Created in collaboration with Michelle Temple.
Description: Sex worker is inherently a queer identity in that it falls outside of heteronormative, reproductive intercourse. Many sex workers are on the LGBTQ spectrum and through choice, circumstance, and at times coercion have engaged in trading sex for money, housing, hormones, drugs, and other survival needs. This piece is a way for me to personally work through that fear, pain, and loss of those in my community as well as to remind our larger queer community about the importance of allying with sex workers. Poor public health policy, laws, policing, violence and stigma impact most all queer people, sex workers included. Through this work and others in this series, I am to commemorate the lives and spirits of these individuals who were folks’ family and friends and not simply defined in terms of their work. The names memorialized in this piece were collected for the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, held each year on December 17th. This work is a call to action for the larger queer community to recognize and include sex workers in queer history.
Exhibitions: The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History (Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, New York, NY – August 2011), VENT Performance Festival (Gowanus Art Space, Brooklyn, NY – September 2011), and Indiana University (Bloomington, IN – October 2011)