3D resin print
3D resin print with alcohol ink Photo by Yaozhi Liu
3D resin print with alcohol ink
Unfurling (Horned Deity), 2021
Resin 3D print and alcohol ink
Unfurling is an ongoing project in which I separate syncretized Celtic symbols from Christianity to render a possible queer origin. I’m inspired by the idea that Celtic motifs are based on a recognition of humanity’s entanglement with nature. By presenting new takes on old archetypes, I want to present potential paradigms for kinship, pleasure, and body modalities. This work highlights Christianity’s appropriation of polytheistic symbols as a tool in colonization and imperialism. The flat, winding motifs of insular art serve as a counterpoint to the perspective of classical art, pointing to the uses of perspective as a method of categorizing and rendering society but also questioning the efficacy of aniconism in resisting. The works in this show are derived from assets for a virtual reality project. The central avatars in the work evoke symbolism relating to rebirth, wildness, parthenogenesis, etc. in an environment that plays between abstraction and figuration. In its final form, I want this piece to posit questions about queer potential including queer family structures, sexual roles, and reproduction.