Bend is an abstract pop-up book that depicts and, ultimately, subverts the concept of gender binaries. The assumption that people are born as either a male or a female and will possess an innate display of either masculine or feminine traits as a result of their anatomy is all too simplified of a definition of gender and does not represent the reality of our non-binary world. My work is aimed at toppling gender norms, gender roles, and gendered violence, all problems that stem in part from the expectations built from gender binaries. This book utilizes the diptych layout of the pages to portray the split between binary genders, female and male, which gradually converge and fuse together as one flips through the sequence of the book.
On view at Stamps Gallery
This work is featured as part of Adapt: The 2019 Stamps Senior Show, unfolding during the month of April in four exhibition sites throughout the city of Ann Arbor: the Michigan Theater, Duderstadt Video Studio, the Art & Architecture Building, and Stamps Gallery. Each space will host key exhibition events including film/video screenings, live performances, and opening receptions. Check the exhibition page for dates, times and hours.