A two part series. The XX - based on the designated biologically female at birth, estrogen based body I am in. This block of concrete and plaster and rope, crude and based on sculptural building elements I have used as a sculptor most of my life, weigh all together 125 lbs -- my current weight. I position the block on the ground, secure the rope and pull it 5 feet and 5 inches -- my current height. In this way, through my weight and height represented in this form and pulled by my body, I am able to leave a mark of my physical body outside of my body, and examine a gendered body in abstraction. The second part of this piece is the XY. I found out my father's height, predicted I would have been slightly shorter and based on my current BMI (23% of those my age), calculated my weight to that height had I been born in a testosterone-based system, male assigned at birth body. It would likely be filmed in the same way and the pieces both displayed at a distance from each other with their respective projections in a gallery space. Because as a genderqueer person I do not identify within either of these genders completely, I am often preoccupied with the physical differences of the male and the female in society, the ideas of the masculine and the feminine, the culturally accepted indicators of gender biologically and socially, and given that in my society I am placed in one box or the other I often find myself preoccupied with the binaries I do not fit into as I am almost constantly aware of them in my interactions with others. In this situation I am able to interact with these binary genders alone by building a representation of weight and height and leaving a mark as well as an artifact of this body - real or imaginary - behind.
Pulling My Own Weight My Own Height (XX)
Pulling My Own Weight My Own Height (XY)
Exercises In Grief
Self portrait of artist with father.
Kate Newman - "Exercises In Grief"
Great Salt Lake, UT
Negotiated Reads (Tumblr)
Installation shot of video installation with two looping silent videos on two plinths in Tumblr Blue.