These prints reflect upon the artist’s journey of discovery and (re)claimation of his own queer ancestors through myth and legend, secret codes, and imagination.
Having been raised by a witch and encouraged to explore the world through magic and mystery, myths and storytelling were powerful tools that helped Corey make sense of his surroundings. As he came into his own truths about his gender and sexuality as a teenager, he found that he did not have the familiar base of legends to draw upon. School didn’t teach these stories. Movies didn’t show these stories. Books didn’t tell these stories. Despite his delight in discovering his own queer magic, Corey was left with a sense of heartache and solitariness.
Through these works, Corey literally carved out the images of some myths and spirits he now draws upon in order to bring a brief glimpse of queer history alive, to deepen his own queer roots, and to shed light upon these stories that deserve to be known.
Audio from the artist providing insight into the work:
About Corey Addison Brown
Corey is an out -&-proud trans*masculine and queer person in his mid- twenties. Adventures to new places, dancing, spending time outside, creating things with his hands, and laughing with friends bring him the most joy. Corey currently works for an organization that supports homeless and at-risk youth, and volunteers with the San Francisco Speakers Bureau, the Transgender Gender-Variant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), and the East Bay SPCA. He first began printmaking in 2013 as a participant in the Queer Ancestors Project, and has been enraptured with the medium ever since. As a self-taught artist, Corey appreciates the personal exploration that art allows, as well as the ways in which art can bring people and communities together.
More of Corey’s work can be seen on his website at otterlyqueerart.weebly.com
The Queer Ancestors Project is a free printmaking program for young queer artists that is devoted to forging sturdy relationships between young LGBTQ people and their ancestors. More information about the Queer Ancestors Project can be found online at queerancestorsproject.org
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Pictured Above, “Fire Circle”, 2015, linocut, 8 1⁄2 in x 11 1⁄2 in