As a queer man of color, questions of my own identity, desires, and place in society were a constant presence in my early life. Growing up in small town Appalachia, not much discourse on these topics was present, nor were there many similar folk around. In my work I reference bits of queer and black history, common associations with masculinity and femininity, and stereotypes associated with these concepts in a way that explores these histories and raises questions as to why these ideas perpetuate our culture and society. This is in an effort to engage in my personal histories, and as a way of analyzing the constructs and confines that we as a society have created.
Currently living and working in Peoria, IL