Madeline Teska


Class of: 2027

Major: Design History and Practice BFA

Medium: Chipboard Sculpture

Faculty: Aviva Maya Shulem

Prompt: To create a work that demonstrates our community.

For this assignment, I am drawing a lot of inspiration from my personal experiences at gay bars and as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Through this project, I am going to recreate the scene of a gay bar while referencing my life as a lesbian and member of a supportive and empowering community. I am taking a lot of inspiration from the lesbian pride flag and will be using primarily red, pink and yellow colors for my piece. Pride flags are a predominate symbol of LGBTQIA+ Pride and have been used to showcase that for many years. Gay bars have adapted through history as a safe haven for my community, a place to express yourself freely without judgment or fear. I have spent a long time struggling with my personal forms of self expression and was unsure of who I wanted to be. Although, when surrounded by the love and safety of my community, a gay bar always feels like home.