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The Rainbow Parade
The Rainbow Parade
2019

Completed in response to knowing people undergoing gender transformations. Silk Organza, bungee cords, metal rod, recycled plastic, LED lights, the Rainbow Parade began as my own investigation into what it would be like to change gender. As I developed bodies in transformation, I made a connection to the Rainbow Parade from both the perspective of the flamboyancy of the celebration and its underlying painful journey. At the end, while reading a fascinating article about the little known and avant garde artist, Adrian Piper, I came across the author Thomas Chatterton Williams's quote, "the embrace of identitarian essentialism and the rising reactionary populism that defines our era," which resonated with my experientially final insight: bodies are bodies and people are people!