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).



2 thoughts on “Androgynous

  1. um i really like your art and all but I’m gender neutral and i kind of don’t want to be seen as art… i’d much rather be seen as a person.

  2. ars longa, vita brevis and ars gratia artis….beauty is in the ye of the beholder and the creation of Androgynous allows us each to express our view (internally and externally) while keeping an open mind to the ever changing world in which we live. The images you have created, though thought provoking to some, simply exudes the Aleman style of both art and message as well as contemplation and reflection. You have brought more true beauty to all our worlds.

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