“I Hold You Close” articulates the precarious emotions of being queer in a society riddled by violence. Using steel, melted weapons, flood lighting sound and motors this installation reflects on my own experiences of queerness and queer love. Rather than framing vulnerability as a weakness, these works invite the viewer to consider vulnerability as a weapon. From afar the installation’s blue light seems vivid. Once you enter the space your eyes adjust and the blueness becomes less apparent. Again when you leave the space, the blueness will become more apart and noticeable. This is a metaphor for queerness. Inside of our own communities we forget we have to contend with out identities. Outside our communities in a heteronormative world we are reminded that we are other.
“…the hostility frequently expressed against…queer individuals is a function of fear of the undecidability of the (queer) body.” (Nancy J. Hirschmann)