A Body is a Home
Prompt: The assignment was to create a two panel painting inspired by a current exhibition in the city. I chose my inspiration from Damien H. Ding's "Private Collections" at the Denny Gallery.
Prose Piece as Inspiration for Concept
I arrive with lumber, bricks, and mixed cement still
loose and flowing.
I hand them to the man in front of me and he lays
down the foundation to my new home.
However, it can only stand if he remains in the
My love grows as I can see the sunlight stream
through a window with glass that shields me
From the outside world.
His hand caresses me through the curtains and I
fall in love with a reflection.
Warm meals await on the stove,
Although I sit at the table alone.
The creak of a wooden floor and the dust in the
baseboards show time passing.
My love has grown for a man who is becoming a
Liberation can only exist within these confines.
Women have started to appear, hand in hand,
encircling the house.
They have tears in their eyes and appear silent.
My body presses against the front door and begs
to undo the locks.
I whisper softly, as if to my child, that we cannot
Heartbeats shake the house and keep me up at
My dinner mat sits by a window, and I no longer eat
As a queer person, I am interested in the
interaction between the masculine and feminine
that exists in one body. This painting will be an
exploration of the complimentary themes through
the use of stark, complementary color contrast,
curving, thick brush strokes, and undulating
abstraction and detail.