Could you speak to your journey as a queer artist and how that influences your creative life?
The two are so intertwined. I don’t know at what point it started being reflected in the work. I think it always was, because at my core I always knew that I was who I was. My art has always reflected that. If you look back, it’ll be the same as what you see now—lots of stories. Often I’ll have a gay couple in one of my pieces amongst other couples, and I just always make sure that there’s some representation within the crowd. Like this piece I just released today. It’s two guys on a bike, you can read what you want with it, but that’s my childhood, right? That’s how I saw things.
Can you talk about the importance of representation in design—particularly in relation to the 2SLGBTQ+ community—and how you address it in your work?
Having grown up in the 80s there wasn’t a ton of art on the walls that had two guys in it. But my screen-prints are fairly accessible, so they’re in living rooms, in restaurants and hotels and stuff. There’s a lot of eyeballs seeing that and there’s going to be children that are going to see those and think, “Oh, that looks like me,” and “I know that I’m not the only one doing that.”
Every little bit helps.
And it is important to me to reflect my life into the imagery that people can see themselves in. That’s important, right?
In the piece that I did for my last show at the Mayberry, there were several cars, different kinds of dynamics, different age groups. You had the minivan with the family and a convertible had the gays in it. You’ve got all kinds of lives harmoniously in that world.