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cancer.jpg

Cancer flexes tender hearted pinchers in illustration in front of a 20”x20” sewn tapestry of the Moon, the home planet of Cancer. The planets on the side are archival prints of other sewn tapestries created for this project, Jupiter which is in its exaltation, Neptune which is in its exaltation, Saturn which is in its detriment and mars which is in its fall. The background is a shimmery painted night sky with the embroidered constellation: Cancer. created in the summer of 2016

jupiter.jpg

20"x20" sewn tapestry of Jupiter, designed and created by me in the Summer of 2016.

TT-virgo.jpg

illustration based on a collaborative photoshoot with TT the Artist, my Virgo muse. This archival print layers the illustration done with Prisma Markers and a fine black point pen, with photoshopped layers on top to add to dimension

pisces2.jpg

photo from the Pisces 'queer zodiac project' photoshoot which took place at Kilgore Falls in Maryland's Rock State Park.

Aries

.aries. xander dumas. 18.november.16

With resilience initiation she emerges.

With resilience initiation-she-emerges.

Headfirst she breaks the soil bringing forth with her...life...

Bringing forth with her breath...

bringing forth with her, a cycle of renewal that strengthens weary hearts

-that reminds weary thoughts, that...she.is.a.warrior.

And she will come again & again & again- growing thick the shorn coat of a butting ram.

With resilience initiation, she emerges.

In February 2016 i took a class on how to read my natal chart. This class was lush with symbology, abstraction, connection & cosmic language. As i filled my notebook with symbols & adjectives, comparisons and hidden meanings it became clear that a visceral collection of the zodiac would better connect language with meaning. From the space of research, collaboration & inspiration, the ‘queer zodiac project’ was born.

The ‘queer zodiac project’ is a series compiled of 12 vignettes of collaborated conversations & photoshoots with 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists & activists. Each vignette is a symbolic story weaving together sewn tapestries of planets that have their exalted & detrimental voice within each zodiacal sign and an illustrated expression of the emotion & action of each symbol.

I created Mars in the Summer 2016, the photoshoot, illustration & Aries vignette were created in the Fall 2016

  • aries.jpg

    3’x3’ multidimensional vignette that layer illustration, a sewn tapestry, archival prints of other sewn tapestries, a painted backdrop, research & exploration. The illustration of my Aries Muse is based on a photoshoot collaboration inspired by the adjectives strength & determination which embody my expression of Aries. Aries hangs in her ring of fire symbolizing Aries’ element & expansive skill in resilience. This illustration is in front of a 20”x20” sewn tapestry of Mars, the home planet of Aries.
  • mars.jpg

    20”x20” sewn tapestry of Mars, the home planet of Aries. designed and created by me.
  • regina-aries.jpg

    illustration based on a collaborative photoshoot with Regina, my Aries muse. This archival print layers the illustration done with Prisma Markers and a fine black point pen, with photoshopped layers on top to add to dimension.
  • aries1.jpg

    illustration of Aries muse in progress. Illustration done with Prisma Markers & a black, fine point pen
  • aries2.jpg

    Photo of Regina during our Aries inspired photoshoot. This project was done collaboratively in which I asked each of my participants to choose an expression that personified a feeling. Regina practiced her ariel and stilting skills to express her Aries self through the lens of ‘strength & determination’.
  • aries3.jpg

    Photo of Regina during our Aries inspired photoshoot. This project was done collaboratively in which I asked each of my participants to choose an expression that personified a feeling. Regina practiced her ariel and stilting skills to express her Aries self through the lens of ‘strength & determination’.
  • IMG 7477

    In February 2016 I started the 'queer zodiac project' in which i photographed a dynamic queer Baltimore artist or activist who embodied my interpretation of of their zodiacal sign. I turned these photos into a flip book stop motion 1 minute short film, layering together their talent, my illustration & editing. Here Velocity Charms embodies 'Aries" ; known for thriving through obstacles.

Taurus

Taurus. 27.april.2016.xander dumas

Carried by the sensual textures of a Venerian caldera, she postures. bold. deep. ground. Steadfast & generative, exalted by the moon, she roots

In February 2016 i took a class on how to read my natal chart. This class was lush with symbology, abstraction, connection & cosmic language. As i filled my notebook with symbols & adjectives, comparisons and hidden meanings it became clear that a visceral collection of the zodiac would better connect language with meaning. From the space of research, collaboration & inspiration, the ‘queer zodiac project’ was born.

The ‘queer zodiac project’ is a series compiled of 12 vignettes of collaborated conversations & photoshoots with 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists & activists. Each vignette is a symbolic story weaving together sewn tapestries of planets that have their exalted & detrimental voice within each zodiacal sign and an illustrated expression of the emotion & action of each symbol.

The photoshoot & illustration were created in the Spring 2016, sewing Venus in the Summer 2016 & created the Taurus vignette in Fall 2016

  • taurus.jpg

    3’x3’ multidimensional vignette that layer illustration, a sewn tapestry, archival prints of other sewn tapestries, a painted backdrop, research & exploration. The illustration of my Taurus Muse is based on a photoshoot collaboration inspired by the adjectives grounded & confident which embody my expression of Taurus. Taurus stands firm & dedicated. This illustration is in front of a 20”x20” sewn tapestry of Venus, the home planet of Taurus.
  • Venus.jpg

    20”x20” sewn tapestry of Venus, the home planet of Taurus. designed and created by me.
  • dulcey-taurus.jpg

    illustration based on a collaborative photoshoot with Dulcey, my Taurus muse. This archival print layers the illustration done with Prisma Markers and a fine black point pen, with photoshopped layers on top to add to dimension.
  • IMG 7496

    In February 2016 I started the 'queer zodiac project' in which i photographed 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists or activists who embodied my interpretation of of their zodiacal sign. I turned these photos into a flip book stop motion 1 minute short film, layering together their talent, my illustration & editing. Here my Taurus muse grounds firmly with passion & strength. The music is used by permission by Baltimore artist Hyster Majesty created in the Spring of 2016
  • dulcey taurus photoshoot2.jpg

    taurus muse sharing a story during out Queer Zodiac Project photoshoot
  • dulcey taurus photoshoot1.jpg

    taurus muse sharing a story during out Queer Zodiac Project photoshoot

Gemini

Gemini . 27.11.16 . xander dumas
a paradox on pointe
with graceful strength he rises to his toes
poised & pirouette in mutable air.
pulled by passions that plié & pivot
his mutable mind shifts contemplation...
diaphanous fibers replaced by leather, then a slipper becomes a boot...
his mutable body shifts in presentation

In February 2016 i took a class on how to read my natal chart. This class was lush with symbology, abstraction, connection & cosmic language. As i filled my notebook with symbols & adjectives, comparisons and hidden meanings it became clear that a visceral collection of the zodiac would better connect language with meaning. From the space of research, collaboration & inspiration, the ‘queer zodiac project’ was born.

The ‘queer zodiac project’ is a series compiled of 12 vignettes of collaborated conversations & photoshoots with 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists & activists. Each vignette is a symbolic story weaving together sewn tapestries of planets that have their exalted & detrimental voice within each zodiacal sign and an illustrated expression of the emotion & action of each symbol.

The photoshoot, illustrations & creation of Mercury took place in the Summer of 2016, I created the Gemini vignette in the Fall 2106

  • gemini.jpg

    3'x3' multidimensional vignette of my interpretation of zodiac sign Gemini. Within this vignette, I have created a sewn tapestry to represent Mercury, which is the home planet of Gemini. I have the illustrations of the ‘twins’ representing the duality of this air sign based on a photoshoot with Baltimore artist, Alex. I have also included a smaller archival print of sewn tapestry, Jupiter which is in its fall in Gemini.
  • mercury- gemini.jpg

    20”x20” sewn tapestry of Mercury, the home planet of Gemini. designed and created by me.
  • alex-gemini leather.jpg

    illustration based on a collaborative photoshoot with Alex, my Gemini muse. This archival print layers the illustration done with Prisma Markers and a fine black point pen, with photoshopped layers on top to add to dimension
  • alex-gemini.jpg

    illustration based on a collaborative photoshoot with Alex, my Gemini muse. This archival print layers the illustration done with Prisma Markers and a fine black point pen, with photoshopped layers on top to add to dimension
  • gemini2.jpg

    Photo from our ‘Queer Zodiac Project photoshoot
  • gemini3.jpg

    Gemini muse, Alex, embodying air/soft/light in contrast to deep/hard/dark for our duality photoshoot.
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    Gemini muse, Alex, embodying air/soft/light in contrast to deep/hard/dark for our duality photoshoot.
  • IMG 7297

    In February 2016 I started the 'queer zodiac project' in which i photographed 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists or activists who embodied my interpretation of of their zodiacal sign. I turned these photos into a flip book stop motion 1 minute short film, layering together their talent, my illustration & editing. Here my Gemini muse personifies duality through hard & strong, long & grace.

Cancer & Leo

The luminaries: The Sun & the Moon find their homes in Leo & Cancer.

Cancer, a cardinal water sign ebbs and flows with emotion. Like the Moon, the phases or moods shift frequently and rules the tides. My Cancer photoshoot took place in early June 2016 at the Jones Falls. My Cancer muse, elliot, an old soul with a nostalgic heart personifies the crab symbol.
Leo, fixed fire sign prides themselves on strength & self assurance.

cancer. xander dumas
lady lune pulls the tides swelling & overflowing the salty blue of the sea swelling & overflowing the salty blue of our tender hearts

Leo. 8.august.2016. xander dumas
The blazing strength of self being generated & magnified by the sun. Shoulders back, eyes agaze. Full of the fiery belly of lion's breath

The photoshoot, illustration & creation of the Moon took place in the Summer 2016, I created the Cancer vignette in the Fall 2016

The photoshoot, illustration & creation of the Sun took place in the Summer 2016, I created the Leo vignette in the Fall 2016

  • cancer.jpg

    Cancer flexes tender hearted pinchers in illustration in front of a 20”x20” sewn tapestry of the Moon, the home planet of Cancer. The planets on the side are archival prints of other sewn tapestries created for this project, Jupiter which is in its exaltation, Neptune which is in its exaltation, Saturn which is in its detriment and mars which is in its fall. The background is a shimmery painted night sky with the embroidered constellation: Cancer. created in the summer of 2016
  • moon.jpg

    20”x20” sewn tapestry of earth’s Moon, the home celestial body of Cancer. designed and created by me.
  • elliot-cancer.jpg

    illustration based on a collaborative photoshoot with elliot, my Cancer muse. This archival print layers the illustration done with Prisma Markers and a fine black point pen, with photoshopped layers on top to add to dimension
  • elliot cancer queer zodiac.jpg

    Cancer muse flexing at Baltimore's Jone's Falls for part of the Queer Zodiac Project photo series
  • IMG 7492

    In February 2016 I started the 'queer zodiac project' in which i photographed 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists or activists who embodied my interpretation of of their zodiacal sign. I turned these photos into a flip book stop motion 1 minute short film, layering together their talent, my illustration & editing. Here my tender-hearted, nostalgic dandy strongperson flexes to personify the pinchers of the Cancer crab.
  • sun.jpg

    20”x20” sewn tapestry of the Sun, the home celestial body of Leo. designed and created by me.
  • talani-leo.jpg

    illustration based on a collaborative photoshoot with Talani, my Leo muse. This archival print layers the illustration done with Prisma Markers and a fine black point pen, with photoshopped layers on top to add to dimension
  • leo1.jpg

    Photo from our ‘Queer Zodiac Project photoshoot. Talani smiles proudly with a sunflower in front of a Baltimore mural of Lion & constellation of Leo.
  • IMG 7494

    In February 2016 I started the 'queer zodiac project' in which i photographed 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists or activists who embodied my interpretation of of their zodiacal sign. I turned these photos into a flip book stop motion 1 minute short film, layering together their talent, my illustration & editing. Here my Leo Muse proudly stands, poised and confident radiating her Sun royalty self.

Virgo

Virgo. xander dumas. 7.December.2016
Their language is detail,
practice meticulously ritualized.
Their language is detail,
thoughts studied & analyzed.
Their language is detail,
expressed brilliant emotive...
their language is detail,
perfection their motive.

In February 2016 i took a class on how to read my natal chart. This class was lush with symbology, abstraction, connection & cosmic language. As i filled my notebook with symbols & adjectives, comparisons and hidden meanings it became clear that a visceral collection of the zodiac would better connect language with meaning. From the space of research, collaboration & inspiration, the ‘queer zodiac project’ was born.

The ‘queer zodiac project’ is a series compiled of 12 vignettes of collaborated conversations & photoshoots with 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists & activists. Each vignette is a symbolic story weaving together sewn tapestries of planets that have their exalted & detrimental voice within each zodiacal sign and an illustrated expression of the emotion & action of each symbol.

The photoshoot & illustration were created in the Summer 2016, the sewing of Mercury & Libra vignette were created in the Fall of 2016.

  • virgo.jpg

    3'x3' multidimensional vignette of my interpretation of zodiac sign Virgo. Within this vignette, I have created a sewn tapestry to represent Mercury, which is the home planet of Virgo. I have the illustrations of TT the Artist representing the virgin, based on a photoshoot. I have also included smaller archival prints of sewn tapestry, Mercury which is in its exaltation, Jupiter which is in its detriment and Venus which is in its fall in Virgo.
  • mercury-vigo.jpg

    20”x20” sewn tapestry of Mercury, the home celestial body of Virgo. designed and created by me.
  • TT-virgo.jpg

    illustration based on a collaborative photoshoot with TT the Artist, my Virgo muse. This archival print layers the illustration done with Prisma Markers and a fine black point pen, with photoshopped layers on top to add to dimension
  • virgo illustration.jpg

    illustration in progress, based on a collaborative photoshoot with TT the Artist, my Virgo muse created with Prisma Markers and a fine black point pen
  • virgo illustration2.jpg

    illustration in progress, based on a collaborative photoshoot with TT the Artist, my Virgo muse created with Prisma Markers and a fine black point pen
  • virgo2.jpg

    photo of TT in a Baltimore alley for the Queer Zodiac Project
  • virgo1.jpg

    photo of TT in a Baltimore alley for the Queer Zodiac Project
  • IMG 7299

    In February 2016 I started the 'queer zodiac project' in which i photographed 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists or activists who embodied my interpretation of of their zodiacal sign. I turned these photos into a flip book stop motion 1 minute short film, layering together their talent, my illustration & editing. Here my Virgo muse shows off her many talents in which she has meticulously perfected. Music 'Zodiac Lover' used with permission by TT the Artist

Libra

we breathe in fresh air-crisp- as trees make their transition of season. A tilt of axis...an extension of moonlight. From a moment of balance...from a moment of breath...from a moment of fulcrum- we find libra. Libra, arms extended standing courageous with their venus-heart brave & vulnerable. Upon their chest plate:malleable armor to extend and constrict, extend & so forth from the breath to their venus-heart. Same is this venus-heart welcoming wounded warriors to sift through old sorrows on a journey to being brave & vulnerable.

-folcrum-xanderdumas-1.october.16

In February 2016 i took a class on how to read my natal chart. This class was lush with symbology, abstraction, connection & cosmic language. As i filled my notebook with symbols & adjectives, comparisons and hidden meanings it became clear that a visceral collection of the zodiac would better connect language with meaning. From the space of research, collaboration & inspiration, the ‘queer zodiac project’ was born.

The ‘queer zodiac project’ is a series compiled of 12 vignettes of collaborated conversations & photoshoots with 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists & activists. Each vignette is a symbolic story weaving together sewn tapestries of planets that have their exalted & detrimental voice within each zodiacal sign and an illustrated expression of the emotion & action of each symbol.

The photoshoot, illustration, creation of Venus & creation of Libra vignette all took place in the Fall 2016

  • libra.jpg

    3’x3’ multidimensional vignette that layer illustration, a sewn tapestry, archival prints of other sewn tapestries, a painted backdrop, research & exploration. The illustration of my Libra Muse is based on a photoshoot collaboration inspired by the adjectives balance & harmony. The illustration of Ignacio is in front of a 20”x20” sewn tapestry of the Venus, the home planet of Libra.
  • venus (libra).jpg

    20”x20” sewn tapestry of Venus, the home planet of Libra, designed and created by me
  • libra1.jpg

    Photo of Ignacio during our Queer Zodiac Project Photoshoot
  • libra3.jpg

    Photo of Ignacio at the 33rd street Labrynth during our Queer Zodiac Project Photoshoot
  • libra2.jpg

    Photo of Ignacio during our Queer Zodiac Project Photoshoot
  • ignacio-libra.jpg

    multidimensional archival print which layers illustration with fine black point pen and prisma markers, with photoshopped dimensional elements.
  • IMG 7497

    In February 2016 I started the 'queer zodiac project' in which i photographed 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists or activists who embodied my interpretation of of their zodiacal sign. I turned these photos into a flip book stop motion 1 minute short film, layering together their talent, my illustration & editing. Here my Libra muse walks the 33rd street labyrinth in balance and contemplation.

Scorpio

Spine elongate, shoulders expanded wide- void of movement, void of expression, she waits.
Aromatic tones of vetiver & nutmeg inhale your curious mind... She draws you near... Intense gaze poised upon you demand contact...connection...retreat.
In silence she penetrates your thoughts- she draws you back, she draws you close, she draws you in...
And she feasts upon your offerings.

15.november.16 .scorpio. xander dumas

In February 2016 i took a class on how to read my natal chart. This class was lush with symbology, abstraction, connection & cosmic language. As i filled my notebook with symbols & adjectives, comparisons and hidden meanings it became clear that a visceral collection of the zodiac would better connect language with meaning. From the space of research, collaboration & inspiration, the ‘queer zodiac project’ was born.

The ‘queer zodiac project’ is a series compiled of 12 vignettes of collaborated conversations & photoshoots with 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists & activists. Each vignette is a symbolic story weaving together sewn tapestries of planets that have their exalted & detrimental voice within each zodiacal sign and an illustrated expression of the emotion & action of each symbol.

The photoshoot, illustration, creation of Pluto & creation of Scorpio vignette all took place in the Fall 2016

  • scorpio.jpg

    3’x3’ multidimensional vignette that layer illustration, a sewn tapestry, archival prints of other sewn tapestries, a painted backdrop, research & exploration. The illustration of my Scorpio Muse sits upon a collaged throne of ice-which represents the fixed water element of the sign- This illustration is in front of a 20”x20” sewn tapestry of Pluto, the home planet of Scorpio.
  • pluto.jpg

    20”x20” sewn tapestry of Pluto, the modern home planet of Scorpio, designed and created by me
  • scorpio2.jpg

    the intense gaze of Scorpio muse : a photo during our Queer Zodiac Photoshoot in October 2016
  • scorpio 1.jpg

    moment from our Queer Zodiac Project photoshoot, October 2016
  • scopio illustration.jpg

    illustration in process. Prisma Markers & fine black point pen
  • Liz-scorpio.jpg

    multi-medium archival print of Scorpio. The illustration created using a fine black point pen and Prisma Markers is layered with photos through photoshop to add more dimension
  • IMG 7288

    In February 2016 I started the 'queer zodiac project' in which i photographed 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists or activists who embodied my interpretation of of their zodiacal sign. I turned these photos into a flip book stop motion 1 minute short film, layering together their talent, my illustration & editing. Here my Scorpio muse intently gazes, inviting depth, vast intent & wisdom. Music by Lurch & Holler, used with permission

Sagittarius

Sagittarius. december 7, 2016. xander dumas

The centaur's great journey, aimed arrow curiously aspires, Armed with the exuberance of Jupiter, & the action of fire. Doublebodied: the warrior- strong in the quest their on Doublebodied bold spirit, a chest plate equestrian.

In February 2016 i took a class on how to read my natal chart. This class was lush with symbology, abstraction, connection & cosmic language. As i filled my notebook with symbols & adjectives, comparisons and hidden meanings it became clear that a visceral collection of the zodiac would better connect language with meaning. From the space of research, collaboration & inspiration, the ‘queer zodiac project’ was born.

The ‘queer zodiac project’ is a series compiled of 12 vignettes of collaborated conversations & photoshoots with 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists & activists. Each vignette is a symbolic story weaving together sewn tapestries of planets that have their exalted & detrimental voice within each zodiacal sign and an illustrated expression of the emotion & action of each symbol.

The photoshoot, illustration, creation of Jupiter & creation of Sagittarius vignette all took place in the Fall 2016

  • sagittarius.jpg

    3’x3’ multidimensional vignette that layer illustration, a sewn tapestry, archival prints of other sewn tapestries, a painted backdrop, research & exploration. The illustration of my Sagittarius Muse is based on a photoshoot collaboration inspired by the adjectives warrior & fire. This illustration is in front of a 20”x20” sewn tapestry of Jupiter, the home planet of Sagittarius. The planet on the side are archival prints of other sewn tapestries created for this project, it represent Mercury which is in its fall.
  • jupiter.jpg

    20"x20" sewn tapestry of Jupiter, designed and created by me in the Summer of 2016.
  • Sag3.jpg

    photo of jubilant Sagittarius surrounded by element Fire during out Queer Zodiac Project photoshoot
  • sag1.jpg

    photo of Sagittarius muse surrounded by element Fire during out Queer Zodiac Project photoshoot
  • Sag2.jpg

    photo of Sagittarius muse surrounded by element Fire during out Queer Zodiac Project photoshoot
  • sag illustration.jpg

    illustration in process using prisma markers
  • JB sag.jpg

    multi-medium illustration using prisma markers & fine point black pen with layered photoshop dimensions.
  • IMG 7293

    In February 2016 I started the 'queer zodiac project' in which i photographed 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists or activists who embodied my interpretation of of their zodiacal sign. I turned these photos into a flip book stop motion 1 minute short film, layering together their talent, my illustration & editing. Here my Sagittarius muse warrior flirts with fire and possesses the flame. Music by Geo Wyeth

Capricorn & Aquarius

Capricorn. 8.december.2016 xander dumas

Contemplative, grounding
Fraught with restrictions,
The seagoat climbs steeply upward. .
Emotionally austere
Guided by convictions,
The seagoat climbs steeply upward. .
Willfully accomplished
Sturdy in must-dos & diction,
The seagoat climbs steeply upward.

Aquarius. 9.december.2016. xander dumas

We experience Stravinsky:
A Rite of Spring that incites chaos
A combination of notes never yet assembled ensuing the bourgeoisie to riot. .
When the marm & the indigo collide,
A new language scrolls from a dream in which symbols & form dance In new patterns. .
When the marm & the indigo collide,
The avant guarde disembody sensation ... A tactile shift speech pattern rhythm that evoke revolution.

In February 2016 i took a class on how to read my natal chart. This class was lush with symbology, abstraction, connection & cosmic language. As i filled my notebook with symbols & adjectives, comparisons and hidden meanings it became clear that a visceral collection of the zodiac would better connect language with meaning. From the space of research, collaboration & inspiration, the ‘queer zodiac project’ was born.

The ‘queer zodiac project’ is a series compiled of 12 vignettes of collaborated conversations & photoshoots with 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists & activists. Each vignette is a symbolic story weaving together sewn tapestries of planets that have their exalted & detrimental voice within each zodiacal sign and an illustrated expression of the emotion & action of each symbol.

The photoshoot took place in Summer 2016, , illustration, creation of Saturn & creation of Capricorn vignette all took place in the Fall 2016
The photoshoot, illustration, creation of Uranus & creation of Aquarius vignette all took place in the Fall 2016

  • capricorn.jpg

    3’x3’ multidimensional vignette that layer illustration, a sewn tapestry, archival prints of other sewn tapestries, a painted backdrop, research & exploration. The illustration of my Capricorn Muse is based on a photoshoot collaboration inspired by the element earth. The illustration of Aaron is in front of a 20”x20” sewn tapestry of the Saturn, the home planet of Capricorn. The planets on the side are archival prints of other sewn tapestries created for this project, they represent Mars which is in its exaltation, The Moon which is in its detriment and Jupiter which is in its fall.
  • saturn.jpg

    20"x20" sewn tapestry of Satun, designed and created by me in the Summer of 2016
  • capricorn2.jpg

    photo of Capricorn muse within element Earth for the Queer Zodiac Project photoshoot
  • aaron-cap.jpg

    Multi medium illustration using Prisma Markers and a fine point pen, with layered photshopped dimensions
  • IMG 7487

    In February 2016 I started the 'queer zodiac project' in which i photographed 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists or activists who embodied my interpretation of of their zodiacal sign. I turned these photos into a flip book stop motion 1 minute short film, layering together their talent, my illustration & editing. Here my Capricorn muse, draped in the vibrant offerings of the Earth, grounds and expands
  • aquarius.jpg

    3’x3’ multidimensional vignette that layer illustration, a sewn tapestry, archival prints of other sewn tapestries, a painted backdrop, research & exploration. The illustration of my Aquarius Muse is based on a photoshoot collaboration inspired by the direction ’breaking down archaic systems’. The illustration of Victor is in front of a 20”x20” sewn tapestry of the Uranus, the modern home planet of Aquarius.
  • uranus.jpg

    20"x20" sewn tapestry of Uranus, the modern astrology home planet of Aquarius.
  • aquarius1.jpg

    photo from our Aquarius 'queer zodiac project' photoshoot
  • victor-aquarius.jpg

    multi medium illustration of Aquarius muse, using prisma markers, black fine tipped pen & photoshop to add dimension.
  • IMG 7286

    In February 2016 I started the 'queer zodiac project' in which i photographed 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists or activists who embodied my interpretation of of their zodiacal sign. I turned these photos into a flip book stop motion 1 minute short film, layering together their talent, my illustration & editing. Here my Aquarius muse, surrounded by language archaic & proper, formative & expressive, challenges societal norms. Music by Victor Torres, used with permission by the artist

Pisces

Pisces. 10.december.2016. xander dumas
her well is deep...collecting raindrops from ancestors & offerings from cavern cold springs.

When her healing heart swells, her bounty is abundant- offering an ear, an embrace, her voice...
Her well is deep with the wisdom of ancestors echoing breath -you are loved-
created in the fall & winter of 2016

In February 2016 i took a class on how to read my natal chart. This class was lush with symbology, abstraction, connection & cosmic language. As i filled my notebook with symbols & adjectives, comparisons and hidden meanings it became clear that a visceral collection of the zodiac would better connect language with meaning. From the space of research, collaboration & inspiration, the ‘queer zodiac project’ was born.

The ‘queer zodiac project’ is a series compiled of 12 vignettes of collaborated conversations & photoshoots with 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists & activists. Each vignette is a symbolic story weaving together sewn tapestries of planets that have their exalted & detrimental voice within each zodiacal sign and an illustrated expression of the emotion & action of each symbol.

The photoshoot, illustration, creation of Neptune & creation of Pisces vignette all took place in the Fall 2016

  • pisces.jpg

    3’x3’ multidimensional vignette that layer illustration, a sewn tapestry, archival prints of other sewn tapestries, a painted backdrop, research & exploration. The illustration of my Leo Muse is based on a photoshoot collaboration inspired by the element water, and feeling of ethereal. The illustration of Morgan is in front of a 20”x20” sewn tapestry of the Neptune, the modern astrology home planet of Pisces.
  • neptune.jpg

    20"x20" sewn tapestry of Neptune, modern astrology's home planet of Pisces
  • morgan-pisces.jpg

    multi medium illustration of Pisces muse, using prisma markers, fine point black pen & photoshop to add dimensions
  • pisces3.jpg

    photo from the Pisces 'queer zodiac project' photoshoot which took place at Kilgore Falls in Maryland's Rock State Park.
  • pisces2.jpg

    photo from the Pisces 'queer zodiac project' photoshoot which took place at Kilgore Falls in Maryland's Rock State Park.
  • pisces1.jpg

    photo from the Pisces 'queer zodiac project' photoshoot which took place at Kilgore Falls in Maryland's Rock State Park.
  • IMG 7290

    In February 2016 I started the 'queer zodiac project' in which i photographed 12 dynamic queer Baltimore artists or activists who embodied my interpretation of of their zodiacal sign. I turned these photos into a flip book stop motion 1 minute short film, layering together their talent, my illustration & editing. Here my Pisces muse ripples water, absorbing & gifting magic elixir. Music by Angel Olsen

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About xander

Baltimore City

Hello, I am xander dumas, a multidimensional queer artist who lives in Baltimore. I am self taught and love to practice illustration, fiber arts, photography, graphic design, poetry, film & performance. The ‘Queer Zodiac Project’ is my first independent series, most of my work is created... more

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