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CONTROLLED BURN
2024 - ongoing
This series of paintings are made with soil, water, and fire. By burning palo de ocote / tjarved / pinewood, I draw with the element of fire, the smoke, soot, and resin. The controlled burn serves as a metaphor for actions we take that may initially seem harmful but serve as a means of preventing a much larger catastrophe in the future. A controlled or prescribed burn also restores and regenerates an ecological system or environment, encouraging it to grow and thrive.

The subjects of these paintings include transgender/transexual bodies, specifically individuals including myself who have medically transitioned via hormone replacement therapy and/or gender affirming surgery, in addition to scenes of landscapes, and political uprisings.