I use acrylic paint on canvas and plywood mostly, but this time I have recycled the fabric from an double air mattress. I am interested in the global affects of human consumption and pollution, especially the impact on animal and sea life. I am also Transgender and have a keen interest in the gender diversity changes to animals due to global warming. Many scientific experts are concerned that the increasing temperatures around the world are causing a dramatic increase in the number of female sea turtle numbers, as their nests of eggs are exposed to warmer temperatures. This imbalance of female and male numbers adds to their plight, as they are regularly caught in fishing nets, exposed to marine debris, and being illegally fished. Habitat loss and degradation have also contributed to this beautiful marine animal becoming endangered. Six of the seven global marine turtles species are found in Australian waters.
I made this 6 minute video to see if I could make something on my own. I had to learn how to use editing software again, but proud of the result. I used Wondershare in the end.
It is hard to think of positive stories when you first start out trying to think of your journey in a positive light, but with a good sense of humour it is possible.
I made these collages 10 years ago, 6 months before I started Testosterone. I wanted to create something which expressed how I felt about gender stereotypes and the media's representation of men and women.
I really like Buddhist prayer flags and positive affirmations. It is hard to write positive things about yourself when you first start out, but it is definitely helpful and I'm getting better at it. Some of these statements stem from things my friends and family say about me and some are about acceptance and ways that I can stay safe.
I’ve been attending Trauma Counselling recently, in order to investigate the emotional harm that I experienced growing up Transgender and to hopefully heal some of those emotional wounds. I wrote this piece after the last session.