VIRTUAL ART GALLERY

Prompts; Monochromatic, Queer Creations in Quarantine, Somos Luchadores

Maurissa White

Queer Creation in Quarantine

"A Self Portrait"

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what this piece means to you, etc. 

My piece is a self-portrait of me with my short hair. This piece is meaningful to me because it is showing that I am accepting of my non-binary title. I have been wearing a wig at my current job, and I feel like it was something I had to wear to be fashionable or professional. I spent countless hours thinking about how people would react if I showed up without my wig one day even though I hated it, I continued to wear it because I was afraid of the reactions I would face. Every time I would look in the mirror, I would experience mild dysphoria. I started reading a book on cognitive behavioral therapy and a chapter about being unnecessarily occupied with your appearance challenged me to put to the test whether or not people actually would react that way. The first day I decided that I could take my wig off was very freeing and inspired me to create this art piece.

Artist Background:

My name is Maurissa, I am 26 and use she/they pronouns, but I'm considering a new name. I am a Californian nonbinary artist that still hasn’t outgrown cartoons and uses that as their primary medium.

 

Abbi Naylor

Queer Creation in Quarantine

 

"Self Portrait in Quarantine"

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what this piece means to you, etc. 

This is a self-portrait done in quarantine, where I've had time to really look at myself (which is silly to say, but it's been a good time to slow down and reflect). Growing up a queer kid in southern Indiana really skewed views of who I was. When I was younger I always expressed myself by dressing like a boy, but there came a point where I stopped and suppressed that form of self-expression to fit in. I created a new identity for myself for a long time, but within the last year, I realized my younger self had it right. I've never really explored doing queer art until recently, but this portrait and looking at myself is my first step. 

Artist Background:

I'm Abbi Drew Naylor (she/they) and a 25-year-old designer/artist living in Los Angeles, with roots in Indiana and Santa Maria. 

I'm Abbi Drew Naylor (she/they) and a 25 year old designer/artist living in Los Angeles, with roots in Indiana and Santa Maria.

Briana A. Basulto

Queer Creation in Quarantine

"Strong Beauty"

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what this piece means to you, etc. 

Male makeup artists inspired this piece because I think it's beautiful that men can express themselves through makeup and there are many that do a very good job at it. The meaning behind this piece is how male makeup artists can express themselves even though it's not "the norm in society" for them to wear makeup. The rain in the background represents the tears, pain, or criticism they receive for doing their makeup. The man in makeup shows that although they may face challenges for it, they still do what they love to do.

Artist Background:

I’m Briana A. Basulto, I am 20 years old, my pronouns (she/her). I make art in my free time mostly drawing and painting. It's one of my favorite ways to express myself. I started taking art more seriously towards the end of my highschool years (17-18) and I hope to have a career in some form of art in the near future.

Please DM her on instagram if you are interested in buying her art piece. 

 

Shokutai

Queer Creation in Quarantine

 

"Self Portrait in Quarantine"

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what this piece means to you, etc. 

My piece is that of a tired Native American Indian warrior. He has seen life, death, battle. It has made them worn and jaded. Their necklace is a jade color, hence a play on words. I have been learning more about my heritage and culture and just felt the need to paint. This piece has actually pulled me out of my dysphoric rut and depression. 

Artist Background:

My name is Shokutai, I am 25 and I use he/they pronouns.

Please DM them on Instagram if you are interested in buying their art piece. 

Nicole

Queer Creation in Quarantine

"Strong Beauty"

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what this piece means to you, etc. 

There’s a redraw challenge on Instagram of redrawing Sailor Moon. Honestly Sailor Moon, as a series has always brought me a lot of comfort. It was also one of the first series where I was exposed to a lesbian couple despite American dub trying to erase that. The series gives me a huge sense of nostalgia and empowerment that I want to channel in my art. 

Artist Background:

My name is Nicole, I am 25 and I use they/them pronouns.

Queer Creation in Quarantine

Chantal Medina

“A Trip Down Nostalgia Lane”

 

Chantal Medina

Queer Creation in Quarantine

 

"Untitled"

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what this piece means to you, etc. 

What inspired me to paint this was a picture of a forest that caught my eye and my desire to come out but painting it. I truly think that forests are beautiful and coming out also is, so I painted two women kissing In the middle of a forest with a door covering their lips that signifies the door to coming out of the closet but I’m too scared to say it which is why the door is still closed and covering the lips.

Artist Background:

My name is Chantal Medina, pronouns She/they and I am 17 years old.

Savannah Mance

Monochromatic

"Warm Cheek"

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what this piece means to you, etc. 

This piece is inspired by my bisexuality and being confident in my attraction to not only men but also women, which was difficult for me to accept for a long time.

Artist Background:

My name is Savannah, pronouns are She/Her/Hers, and I'm 18.

"On the Kitchen Floor”

Pussy Grime

Monochromatic

“Mouthwatering Mortification”

"On the Stairs”

 
 

“Mouthwatering Mortification”

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what this piece means to you, etc. 

Photography is a new visual medium I've been exploring as of late. Since most of my performance work has been photographed by other people, I'm interested in what my own image would look like if I were to reclaim it. I wanted to start by learning film photography at Cuesta College, where I created the two 35mm film images of my partner. These images were made for a project where I was exploring vantage points through the lens of gender queerness and androgyny. After the class was forced to go online, I transitioned to using only my iPhone to take photos for the class. This is how I created the two self-portraits with frosting for a project where I was exploring themes of self-degradation and radical sexualities.

Artist Background:

My name is Nikki and I’m a performance artist on the Central Coast known as Pussy Grime. I am a burlesque, drag, and fetish performer. I strive to make work that is unapologetically gross and queer. This past spring, I was a photography student at Cuesta College in their black and white film photography course. I am submitting images from my work in that class that are either self portraits or portraits of my partner. My images are primarily an exploration on queer aesthetics and kink representation. I am a 28 year old genderqueer leatherdyke and I use all pronouns (she/they/he).

Tommy Ruiz

Monochromatic

"Four Eyes"

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what this piece means to you, etc. 

"Four Eyes" is a simple drawing of a blue figure with four eyes. Their brows are slightly turned up, and they look slightly upset.The concept came to be as i was in an art block. Forcing myself to just put my pencil on paper and draw without having any idea of what the final concept would be created this.

Artist Background:

My name is Tommy Ruiz. I use he/him pronouns, and I am 18 years old

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Clarissa Novela

Queer Creations in Quarantine

“gay ass”

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what this piece means to you, etc. 

I recently came out as bisexual and have also found a new love for my body. This shows both my love for my body and for who I am.

My name is Clarissa Novela, my pronouns are she/her/hers.

Artist Background:

Rico Rivera

Queer Creations in Quarantine

"Self Destruction to Acceptance"

"Black Lives Matter"

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what this piece means to you, etc. 

When I started this self-portrait it was at a point in time of my life where I felt like I was falling apart. Like so many pieces were missing. All sorts of feelings. I would look in the mirror and it was hard to recognize the person I was looking at. I was confused and felt like I had no idea where to find myself. I left it halfways and had no clue or motivation to finish it. I felt that the person I was painting was someone from the past that I did not recognize.  Not too long ago, while looking through blank canvases and plenty of unfinished work waiting for me, I found it and I was able to see myself again. This time with a whole new perspective. So I got back to work! My painting is exactly how I feel. I am at a point in my life where I am piecing myself together instead of falling apart.  I know there are plenty of missing pieces still but I will find them as time goes by. Missing pieces isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As a transman, I feel like the hardest part was introducing my old self to my new self. The BLM piece is dedicated to all the people that have died in the hands of police brutality.

Artist Background:

 
 

Joseph Bourdony

Queer Creations in Quarantine

“Sunday Morning”

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what this piece means to you, etc. 

Hello, I’m Joseph Bourdony I am a classically trained photographer. My work shows a love of negative space and emotion. 

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what this piece means to you, etc. 

This piece shows the feeling of relief; the stress of work, family, and the day to day washing away like the early morning sea.

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