Furry can be roughly defined as a culture centered on anthropomorphic animal characters. Participants, called Furries, create their own avatars which they embody through artwork, costuming, and roleplay. I think of Furry as the center of a Venn diagram between a kink, a fandom, drag, and an identity group/social lens—like queerness or transness. I stumbled upon this community as a teen on the internet in the mid-00s, and quickly found myself at home in the queer, nerdy, and liberating space it offered me. I began photographing Furries in a documentary fashion in 2010, and in the years since then have moved my practice toward more conceptually-grounded photographs, performances, and multimedia projects.
Many of my works feature Atmus—a white-tailed deer who I created as my own Furry persona—as both my stand-in and muse. Through Atmus, I make connections between my fears about the precarity of our world and my desire to live a more liberated existence. My work implores us to consider the Furry community not as a fluke, but as a reasonable and useful response to an increasingly alienating and oppressive “nor