Projects > Whiptail

On a disappearing dry lake bed outside Las Vegas, speculative artifacts hint at stories of survival and persistence in a dreamscape of wild queer futures. Excavated out of material collecting and remaking, they imagine genderfluid renewal as a guide for building multiexpressive new worlds. The whiptail lizard, from a parthenogenetic species, provides inspiration for alternate-gendered existences thriving outside of the hetero-patriarchal status quo.

Foundry craft embodies an inherent transformation that I explore as a queer practice. Discarded scrap aluminum is recast to capture moments of movement and metamorphosis while documenting the gradual evolution of everyday life. Immortalized artifictions such as opalized softballs and petrified hot pants defy queer exclusion in history, while riding the dynamics of genderhood to the brink of nonnormative inevitability.

Project for Outback Arthouse, June 2021

Late Bloomer
Cast aluminum, used kiln brick
2021
Underlayer Portal
Welded and rusted steel, cast aluminum, vinyl, mirrored acrylic, resin, amazonite dust, graphite powder, pigments.
2021
A Good Gig Dreasm (Detail)
Cast aluminum hot pants and casters, cast resin softballs, steel, wood, mirrored acrylic, resin, glitter, ground malachite, amazonite dust, sand, paint, pigments, hardware.
2021
Can't Leaver
Cast resin with granite stones, broken glass, gold leaf, pigment, and cast iron keys, hammered bronze ribbon.
2021
Whiptail
Steel, beeswax, paint.
19” x 27” x 34”
2021
Underlayer Portal (Detail)
Welded and rusted steel, cast aluminum, vinyl, mirrored acrylic, resin, amazonite dust, graphite powder, pigments.
29" x 29" x 24"
2021
Opalized Softballs
Cast resin, pigments, glitter, garbage.
Detail
2021
Queen Beanie
Steel, cast aluminum beanie and disk, cast resin straws, gold leaf, beeswax, various fallen leaves, various found stones and shells, honey jar, honeycomb, paint, pigments.
56" x 48" x 97"
2021
Queen Beanie (Detail)
Cast aluminum, steel, beeswax, gold leaf, found stones and shells, paint, pigments.
2021
Of the wildfooted
Cast aluminum
2021
Whiptail
Steel, beeswax, paint.
19” x 27” x 34”
2021
Late Blooomer
Glass kiln brick, cast aluminum, pigments.
17” x 12” x 4”
2021
A Good Gig Dreasm
Cast aluminum hot pants and casters, cast resin softballs, steel, wood, mirrored acrylic, resin, glitter, ground malachite, amazonite dust, sand, paint, pigments, hardware.
45" x 18" x 43"
2021
Queen Beanie at Sunrise (Detail)
Steel, cast aluminum beanie and disk, cast resin straws, gold leaf, beeswax, various fallen leaves, various found stones and shells, honey jar, honeycomb, paint, pigments.
2021
Unmeasuring
Cast aluminum, pigments.
2021