May 23, 2022

How Do You Expect All of Me To Fit Into One Single Word?

Persephone Grace

InstallationChiral Songs from a Chimera's lips, 2022

I am chimera – mythic multi-faced beast, a hybrid monster – I contain multitudes of sexes and hybrid identities. This work is grounded in Kristeva’s Abjection and how this is weaponised against the sexed & gendered bodies, especially the trans-gendered body. The work featured is an installation that includes lithographs, a vessel filled with dead flowers and a typewritten poem. ‘the medium is the message’ The use of lithography situates this within the realm of printmaking – markings made by pencil and painting onto plate, the strict borders between these disciplines start to dissolve. Even the inclusion of text onto one of the prints further loosens the barriers between these dissolving of borders – the permeable – that we experience the abject as defined; “Our reaction (horror, vomit) to a threatened breakdown in meaning caused by the loss of the distinction between subject and object or between self and other.” The nature of this project exists across media. It becomes trans-media, even perhaps trans-genre, fundamentally the choice of media exists to reflect that nature of the trans body. Too nuanced for a single definition, to fit comfortably into typical definitions and structures that have come to use to define us.