The Birth of Venus
My ongoing series of self-portraits, titled Mythos, draws from pop culture, mythology, and beyond to craft self-contained narratives wherein I insert myself into the role of iconic figures throughout history and myth. This project began as a way for me to rediscover myself post-divorce, as an act of self-mythologizing. It allowed me to adopt and discard a variety of traits and personas I shared with these larger-than-life figures; by doing so, I explored facets of myself I felt unable to in my daily life. This initial self-exploration work has evolved and expanded. In addition to the never-ending process of self-discovery this series facilitates, my work also aims to meld the semiotics of queerness and pop culture with the semiotics of mythology and historical artworks to retroactively introduce queerness into the canon of art history. As I explore these historical and mythological stories through a modern, queer lens, I encourage the viewer to reflect on patriarchal and heteronormative notions of gender and sexuality throughout history and to draw parallels between the pop culture of today and the artwork and mythology of the past.