“Join in Prayer” : Expressing Personal Loss of Identity through Photographic Printing and Illustration
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I began this journey with a solid goal of getting over my hatred and fear of organized religion and I succeeded not only in that but also in finding another part of me that I had lost. The time spent on this series has changed my outlook on my personal future as well as given me the courage to apply for graduate schools. The full body of work involved in Join in Prayer are two large cyanotype prints and 27 platinum palladium prints of varying sizes. I personally feel that platinum palladium has an ethereal aesthetic that accentuates the religious overtones of my intentions and the gold pen I use to mark up and accentuate the prints harkens back to the gilded and over-decorated churches of old Europe and the pre-Reformation Catholic Church. The series confronts my history as a transgender/nonbinary lesbian in a religious family and institution of military as well as my time in conversion school and the resulting animosity towards family and Church. Photography has become exceptionally personal for me as an art form over my time at K not just in finding a purpose but also finding myself.