I wanted you to see, 2019
Image courtesey of Eli Gordon. 2019
I lashed a mirror to a branch, with a handle made of hair that same colour as my own dyed hair. Knelt beside a creek in a frilly, lacey dress, I cut an undercut into my long, blonde hair. The act, witnessed by the forest and the creek, becomes more expansive and less easily understood in traditional designations of queerness by the forest. It instead becomes something more queer and affective.
I wanted you to see is an exploration of queer coding and ancestry outside of mainstream designations of queerness, instead trying to locate queer identity within ecology to envision restorative futures, where generative, meaningful bonds are driven by non-extractive and queer desire.