Brief documentation of my MFA thesis project (only a glimpse of one video portrait, alas).
'Of Self and Home: Queer Faces, Queer Places' is a documentary artwork created with queer-identified folks who have experienced homelessness or other forms of displacement, and combines painting, video, and personal stories into a mixed media installation. Six people, including the artist, paint self portraits and talk about their experiences of queerness and of struggling to find or create a sense of home within themselves and in the world. Whether through immigration, adoption, living on the streets or disability, displacement occurs geographically, culturally, historically, physically and emotionally. At times traumatic and painful, these experiences also strengthened the painters as they overcame obstacles, and infused their ways of being in the world with compassion and creativity. Finding themselves at various locations within the queer spectrum, there is a characteristic fluidity of sexual identity that reflects openness and resilience in other areas of participants’ lives.