I'm a photographer, painter, and feminist based on the East Coast, with frequent travel to the midwest.
I work towards feminist youth empowerment by writing and teaching programs designed to encourage confidence, critical thinking, and leadership abilities in young girls.
I am also an artist, working to dismantle heteronormative representations and oppressive expectations of beauty. I'm on the long journey of applying all of this work I do for others - of dismantling gendered expectations, loving yourself, believing in yourself - towards myself. It's hard. It's worth it. I work at it every day.
I want to use photography as a tool for womxn to see themselves with kind eyes, strong and open arms, and vulnerable and honest hearts. I want to disrupt the notion that we have to “get ready” for a photo. I’m tired of getting ready. I’m weary from constantly making myself “presentable,” of cutting myself down to aesthetics. I’m ready to embrace “as is” as more than enough.
Redefining standards of beauty is all well and good - but what we really need is to stop giving a f*ck if we are beautiful. No matter the standard, redefined or not. Aesthetics don’t give us anything real at the end of the day. We have so much more to do and care about. Changing the world will always be more satisfying than changing your body.