The Brightest Aching Slit

The Brightest Aching Slit explores memory, family, and identity through photography and collage.

Performative tableau photographs project fictionalized queer realities into the archive in 1970, the year my paternal aunts died in a tragic car accident at the ages of 11 and 17. The images challenge heteronormative mid-century gender roles by making my own gender fluidity visible. Archival objects are activated through photographs, collages, and installations that blur the lines between fact and fiction, softening delineations between the past, present, and future. I deconstruct and queer family mythologies, using the creative process as a framework for joy, transformation, healing, and spiritual connection through the archive.

The project title is drawn from Deborah Miranda's 'Love Poem to a Butch Woman'.

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