I’ve finished the first three paintings of a new series, ‘Androgynous,’ continuing the use of shironuri (painted white) makeup, associated with goth look in Tokyo fashion and the traditional geisha and maiko. The Japanese word, geisha, translates as artist (gei meaning “art” and sha meaning “person” or “doer”). To me, an artist is someone who is different, thereby challenging perceptions and shifting awareness.
Something that seems to bother many people greatly is the spectrum of gender. Anything that can cause further thought, contemplation and acceptance is probably a good thing. Perhaps one day, the androgynous, transgender, gender neutral and gender fluid will be seen not as threatening but as art (or as a comment below put it: as people).