Dykotomy is more than just a publication; it is an exploration of gender performance through the lens of self-portraiture. It dismantles the confines of easily digestible gender norms, challenging the act of boxing oneself into preconceived notions. Through the physical act of queering the portraits, Dykotomy disrupts and deconstructs these societal expectations. The portraits are presented in two iterations: first as perfected, refined representations and then as messy, unedited experiments. Both versions coexist, reflecting the complexities of our multifaceted selves. However, this publication refuses to be bound. It embraces fluidity, allowing the viewer to venture in any direction they choose.
As a designer, I have an unwavering fascination with the unconventional. Embracing the weird, or rather, the queer, is an integral part of who I am. In my thesis study, I sought to push the boundaries of what is considered 'normal' in design. I did this by incorporating unexpected materials and documentation, creating an aesthetic that leans towards the quirky and unexpected.
The pursuit of perfection in design often stifles creativity, preventing true innovation from unfolding. In this thesis project, I embraced the beauty of imperfection. I intertwined my love for photography with a passion for experimentation, allowing my creativity and intuition to guide me. By leaning into the messiness and embracing the unexpected, I discovered new realms of artistic expression and unleashed my creative spirit.
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