This work represents the beginning of my genderqueer journey. The dress suspended in water is the ghostly figure of my former self. My present self is still tied to the past, like a life stuck in between. The photo represents not only a journey but also an internal conflict between my feminist and queer views.
By distancing myself from a constructed form of femininity, I don’t wish to gain male privilege; I just no longer want to feel bound by a need to reach an unobtainable idea of beauty.
I want people to see that identity and gender can be fluid. You don’t have to completely abandon your past. You can reinvent yourself in whatever way makes your life fulfilling and beautiful.