Queering It Up! Artists
Do not let the world make you hard.
Do not let the pain make you hate.
Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness
Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree,
You still believe it to be a beautiful place." - Iain Thomas
My current name is Kai. I started to refer myself with this name in my later year of freshman years of college and discovered what it meant to identity as being "queer". In numerology it sums up to 3. I'm adamant that my name must sum up to either 3 or 8. My pronouns are they/them and he/him in that order. It's my life goal to remain neutral, but, by introducing a third role into a constructed system and living in it makes it difficult for others (especially cis-people) who do live within the walls to refer me as someone they can't understand/or will not see themselves that identity can go beyond than just male or female.
Astrology is a favorite ice breaker and subject I like to discuss :^) My sun sign is Virgo, but, my rising sign is Sagittarius. Very weird.
I score as a INFP-J.
I have two main identities. Kai and Dante. I could show Dante when it comes to expressing everything ART.
I need this space to push myself out of my boundaries and limits. There's more I can do, and, with this opportunity there's motivation. I want to express, inspire, and learn but not only for myself but to the people around me and my fellow group members. I feel that this will be the experience I need in this life.
My name is Tori. I am a young, able-bodied, queer, non-binary, second generation, Hmong and Korean American, screamer, dreamer. I am a child of immigrants, of war, of refugees, of trauma. I carry this ancestral knowledge deep in my bones, and I feel it take hold of my body when I sleep. I use art as an outlet for all of this heaviness. Art allows me to marry all parts of myself in order to creatively process through my struggles and dream of new ways to live. Through art, I create fantastical worlds so that I can validate that magic exists inside of me and outside of me too. I believe that it’s a political act to create beauty - to create art, resilience, resistance, senses of selves and community - when we were never meant to survive as our full, authentic selves.
I am excited to explore different ways of expressing our whole selves with my cohort members. I also anticipate challenging preconceived (read: white supremacist and colonial) concepts of "art." I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow with such wise, generous and compassionate souls. <3
My name is Erica Lee and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I identify as a queer, cisgender, able-bodied, second generation Korean American, womyn of color feminist. Though I feel most comfortable drawing with pen and paper, I have always been a dabbler and have many different art forms I’d like to try at some point in my life. Most of my art is reflective of the place I am at with my personal growth with social justice work. With my art, I like to think about how to express my truths as honestly as I can and hopefully that honesty will reach others who come across my work. I find that the art that I am most excited and challenged by to create is work that addresses themes of community, love, and identity. I am so honored to be a part of the Queering It Up! cohort. I have never dreamed of creating art in such an intentional space dedicated to qtapi people (but here we are, doing exactly that!). I am a firm believer that art is more beautiful, more profound when we share with community and create in community. I am so excited to learn and grow with and from everyone, not just artistically but politically and spiritually. I am so grateful for Queering It Up! and the sincerity, vulnerability, and passion each of us bring every time we gather.
Krissana Mara is a 1.5 generation Thai American, non-binary, queer visual artist. Through political activism in the bay area from 2010, they developed as a multi-media artist by documenting activities of radical and social justice movements with journalistic photography, video reports and documentary. They are currently adopted by the art community of Twin Cities and looking to contribute as well as integrate their creativity & vision towards healing, empowerment, and community building.
hi, i’m kit!! my pronouns are they/them/theirs. i’m a queer, non-binary haafu trying to find my magic. i like to create in whatever medium feels good to me, but lately i’ve been into zines, embroidery, photography, realism, and colorful chaos. i want to use this time and space and energy to make art that heals // to make art as protest. as someone who has shied away from the word 'artist' for fear of not being good enough, i want to challenge myself. so here’s to being vulnerable, to telling my truths, to trust.