This work explores the complexity of sexual identity and gender. It was inspired by drag performances where men alter their bodies to appear as women. I was permitted to photograph performers while doing hair and makeup prior to a performance. One performer, Chocolat, granted me the privilege of sharing an intimate moment, as she donned her wig.
In designing Temptation, I began with the photos of Chocolat with and without, her wig. I included the Renaissance-era portrayal of Eve, narcissus flowers and a beribboned hand. Issues of sexual identity and concepts such as innocence, enlightenment and individuality were on my mind while working on this tapestry.
Wool and mercerized cotton weft, seine twine warp.
45.5 x 40 inches
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