What was some of your motivation behind creating this event?
TBH, I really just wanted a night to hang out with everyone involved at the same time. Hahaha jk (not really ). In all seriousness though, I really wanted to help create a space where queer folx could get together, play dress up, meet each other, and feel confident and special. I thought a photo based show would be powerful because there is something special about capturing that raw vulnerable moment with someone. Ps…the photos wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Marjorie’s very nice camera–and Dustin and them taking the photos! 😀
Are there any artists or musicians who inspire you to create?
I’m kind of all over the place when it comes to inspiration. I usually turn music or a movie on and listen for awhile before I create. I’ll hear a word, a chord or note, or see a color I like and go from there!
I’ve had the fortune of hearing your music (Babe Rage and solo) in years past, as well as having some of your art on my walls. As a clear lover of both music and visual art, how do you see the two together? Does your art influence your music and vice versa or are they completely separate experiences for you?
You’re the sweetest! 😀 For awhile, I couldn’t do both at the same time. I tend to be super impatient when I’m creating music or visual art so I work really fast to spit something out–but more recently I’ve been trying to slow down and give ample time to both. They do stay pretty separate for me, though. With music I have to be in silence for awhile and try to stay away from being influenced too much by any one thing, and with visual stuff, I always have to be doing 3 things at once it seems to get a painting out (i.e have a movie on, paint, and write at the same time)
Are there any artists or events at Ladyfest Cincinnati 2017 that you are particularly excited for?
I always love when Nicole Combs puts together a poetry show. Those shows have been such a safe spot for me so I’m excited they get the space to hold poetry in the loon both nights! I can’t wait to hear all the readers! I also love Marjorie’s solo work so I’m excited to see them, seeing you perform is always magical, and all the workshops look amazing this year! There is a lot of music happening that I’ve never heard before too so I’m excited to be able to pop in and out and find new bands I love!
SERVE: The Art of Queer Representation is happening on 10/14 from 5-9 at Chicken Lays an Egg. All donations taken at this event will be given directly to Black Lives Matter.