Isle of the Dead 2020
Over 300,000 people in the U.S. died from COVID-19 by the end of 2020 with many more living in isolation and even worse conditions entering into the beginning of 2021. The people who have been most affected include those who are autistic and intellectually disabled, people of color, LGBTQ+, chronically ill, incarcerated, houseless, and elderly. Despite the risk, many people, particularly conservative leaders and media, refuse to take proper precautions or outright deny the full reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. This blatant disregard for fellow human life seems to only be growing in the United States. While I’ve been self-isolating and working when I can, the reality of COVID-19 and my disposability as a Disabled Queer person has been constantly present. This sense of disposability is reflected in the use of trash (cardboard, pharmaceutical waste, makeup, wax, fabric) and trash aesthetics (horror imagery) throughout my work.
Not everyone can take to the streets, so these are my protest signs.