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Artists included on this page: Eye, Conor Collins, Monika Gujar, Dr. Evilletown, Puspa Majumder, and Avery J. McLeod.

Thought #87 by Eye (USA)

This artwork reflects the struggles of mental illness on the daily basis due to growing up in a strict religious environment while being queer, and the mental struggles one might go through due to gender dysphoria, and how those can be interconnected. It is part of a larger collection that opens the conversation about medication, self harm, grotesque feelings, love, and enlightenment.

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Eye grew up in Brazil, where from a young age they were encouraged to express themselves through art. Growing up in a religious Latino household has shaped how they view the world as a young queer immigrant. In their work they explore sexuality, gender identity, mental health, self harm, the idea of love, and enlightenment.

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Caitlyn by Conor Collins (England)

A portrait of Caitlyn Jenner made using real hate messages she received after coming out as transgender. When I saw these messages I knew I had to show people them because it is a reality of what trans people experience every day. I didn't want to hide the darkness and persecution they face in my art piece. It just wouldn't be fair. Not in a year where so many have been murdered. Where their very lives are up for debate. Where it is considered acceptable to debate whether or not the trans community deserve respect on breakfast TV as if it’s a choice between brown shoes or black shoes. I owe so much in my life to trans people. Trans people made my queer life possible and they continue to make my queer life better. But we need to show the world what trans people face every day. When just stepping out the door as yourself could mean abuse, or even death. I want the world to read these messages and start to stand with the trans community. Or at the very least, listen to them.

[Update 4/2/22: For more information and to view a larger version of this piece, contact the artist.]

Conor Collins: I’m known internationally for my one of kind viral artworks reflecting society back at itself as a way in a hope to a better future. Tom Daley (2014) went viral featuring on TIME.com, The Independent, and the Ellen show. Caitlyn (2015) seen by over a million people in 24 hours. In 7 days it was seen by more people than visit the MOMA in 3 years. Trump (2016) featured on the cover of US Newspapers and across Europe, and was shortlisted for a number of art prizes. When my art goes viral those who share it become my gallery. I was not educated in art, and I have had to work day and night to get my artwork seen. Occasionally people see viral artwork as an overnight success, but it came from years of work. I have worked multiple jobs just to afford the right brushes for paint, including cleaning toilets in the early hours of the morning in clubs and bars in Manchester. At no point did I feel bad for myself though, as I knew at the end of the shift I could go home to my canvas, and work on something that mattered. I am driven in a way that nothing will stop me making a piece that matters. I want to work to have an impact further than creating an art pieces for art’s sake. I want to create work that is more than a piece of furniture on a wall. I want to create art that is a catalyst for change. That is what drives me. That is what gets me up in the morning, and keeps me up at night. I want my art to be a mirror upon society, and a hammer with which to shape it.

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Lion by Monika Gujar (India)

In India it's difficult for transgender people to survive, people here do not give them respect that they actually deserve as a human. In our society they actually they become beggars to survive themselves. Some of them they are very strong and beautiful, I have shown them like lion in my painting. They fought with other humans to be part of the society to get their own space. The journey from nothing to become something. And worst part they have to live separately from childhood. I want to show their strong side like a lion. How lion rule in forest and become king. The same way the transgender people is still fighting to get their own place in society.

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Monika Gujar: I have done fine arts from Devlalikar Kala Vithika - Gov. Institute of Fine Arts Indore. I like to work in found objects and I do driftwood art work. I feel that every object has energy to connect and that connection come together on canvas as art. I believe that universal energy always helps me to create new art work and I deeply connected with my art work. I have done many group shows, many international and national art exhibitions through galleries. I have got selected in international art app ORO. My work is in many art websites.

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En Fuego by Dr. Evilletown (USA)

This work has a continuous, transformation pulsing in the movement of the frames, and the movements of the dancer. This consistent motion also reflected in the soundtrack. By isolating body parts we are removing one more layer of gender, in search of the true self. This work is meant to honor our fallen members of the trans community, whom are at higher risk for untreated mental and emotional issues than almost any other group. The protagonist in this film burns brightly, and is completely unapologetic about the constant, often overwhelming changes that happen to and around them. It is not the viewer to assess and reflect on these changes, simply observe and appreciate them, like waves rushing over a beach.

[Update 4/2/22: To view this video, contact the artist.]

Dr. Evilletown (she / her) is a true Multidisciplinary Artist, focused on sound and vision. She has spent the last 25 years working in Queens, Austin, and rural Mississippi. Her performance installations (including site - specific choreography, urban noise, sculpture, drawing, video, and music) have been performed in venues through out North America. Exploring themes of gender, Choctaw tradition in modern societal expectations, generational farming, scoliosis, abuse of power, shadows, and celebrity worship, her work can be described as “environmental.” She has also contributed to more traditional means of art consumption, as a musician, composer, visual artist, choreographer, and dancer. She had the honor of collaborating on a sound and visual installation for the Kara Walker 2010 swing space. Small batch label called brainplanrecords, was established in 2009. Known primarily for cassette releases, the label has also put out CDs, records, and produces performance events. Dr. E appears in the book “Life Is A Rip Off: The Complete Book / Music Criticism” by John “Inzane” Olson (Third Man Books). Coincidentally, her entry is right next to her singular inspiration, John Lee Hooker.

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Dancing By Myself by Puspa Majumder (USA)

Many people who identify as trans may often feel alone in this world. To live comfortably within your skin is a privilege and many may not see it that way. This piece represents the individual(s) who are not afraid to dance by themselves while being their true self. As lonely as life may get, they find pleasure in their own company.

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Puspa Majumder: Born in Bangladesh and raised in Miami, Puspa Majumder, is a self taught artist who finds joy in creating artwork that is up for interpretation and for the viewer to dissect. She found her love for art at a young age as it was a way for her to express her emotions growing up in a Bangladeshi household. She loves expressing her thoughts and ideas on canvas using whimsical colors and shapes. She is yet to find her own art style, but when she does it will represent her true self.

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Worthy by Avery J. McLeod

This piece is part social commentary and part memorial. The ugly phenomenon of bathroom policing continues in earnest, thriving on the othering of transness. As a high school teacher in rural Washington state, I have recently watched this trickle down to local school board meetings where adults regularly spew hate and fear-mongering rhetoric towards trans youth. This only serves to make some of our most vulnerable even more of a target. So far this year 46 trans folks have been killed violently. I have included their names in memorial. Trans lives are worthy of protection.

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Avery J. McLeod: I am a transgender artist and educator living in rural Washington state. As a high school teacher and foster parent to teens, living in a small, rural town, I am driven to embrace visibility, representation, and advocacy, both in my life and in my art. Today’s trans youth need opportunities to see themselves in their community and in the world of art. They deserve to have people advocating for their future.

I am an amateur with little formal training in art, but love experimenting with diverse mediums, working primarily with textiles, ceramics and glass.

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