Untitled (Tail, Top, Wait)

Materials: letter pressed pigment, watercolor

Dimensions: 18''x24''

 

This project's focus was to visually consider the historical and contextual meaning within the language and symbolism invoked by the international symbol for queerness: the rainbow flag. At the time, the conversation of racism within the community was beginning to flare up (again) because of hate speech on Grindr, a popular gay hook-up app. I use some of these elements in the design for imagery: black and white segregation, advertising sexual positions, phallic letters, guns, shooting, ejaculation, violence, internalization, and sameness. The design asks the viewer to consider the following questions. How does language divide us or bring us together? Does this symbol incite feelings of liberation or constraint? What's the difference between a sexual preference and discrimination?