Anna Showers-Cruser

"Marsha’s Garland"; Silicone, hand-felted rope, nylon, stoneware, acrylic tubing, eyelashes, cosmetics; 40 x 20 x 3 inches

“Marsha’s Garland”; Silicone, hand-felted rope, nylon, stoneware, acrylic tubing, eyelashes, cosmetics; 40 x 20 x 3 inches

Resistance takes many forms. Color, shape, and texture may reveal as much as they conceal. My work investigates the multifarious nature of the Queer aesthetic. Is the materiality of “Queer” taken from the anger felt by trans* women of color at the Stonewall riot in 1969, or today, as I see the unprecedented killings of gender variant youth this year so far go ignored, or by marchers at Pride in a small town in Virginia? For many Queer folks, feelings of anger or pain are intrinsic to everyday life, but they may more accurately be described as a catalyst. I am interested in the materiality of what we do in response to the unjust– our attempts to find freedom in restriction due to corporeal “othering,” and the societal attempt to oppress Queer folks under the illusion of contemporary social progress. What might an aesthetic of subversive joy look like? In doubt, darkness, and pain, Queer community and joy persist. These works are small gestures to this effort.