Photography: Brigitte Patenaude
Through the manipulation of color, space, and forms I abstracted the typically aggressive and violent nature of trophy hunting traditions. Through the queering of this constructed environment, I disrupt this display of ‘man’ in attempt to reclaim agency for the ‘conquered’ subject. Not only analyzing the relationships between ‘man’ and animal, but seeing this relationship as a model for the way people interact today. Considering the current politics of race and gender, I use play and toy like objects as a tool of social critique. As inanimate representations of life, toys speak to the needs, values, and problems of the time produced. Therefore, may be strategically used to address socio-political traumas, embed certain ideas of morality, and ultimately formulate a new foundation for how people might interact in the real world. My body, sexuality, and play become devices used to destabilize and challenge systems of thinking, while positively re-positioning those often mistreated.