With the politics of religion running rampant across America, from anti-LGBT legislation to the so called ‘diminishing’ of religious rights, faith has been heavy on my mind of late. Though not personally religious, I love faith; it is filled with joy, stories, history and ultimately has led us to a progressive, pluralistic society (don’t they all teach to love ones neighbor). In this watercolor and ink portrait, I reconcile religion and queerness, transforming the love of Jesus and Muhammad into something of queer beauty, a marked contrast from the violence and vitriol poured upon LGBT people’s by Christian and Muslim societies. Each is colored according to faith, the red ‘shadows’ representing the blood of LGBT innocents harmed by religious extremism.
Reconciling Faith is watercolor, ink and wax crayon on paper.