Dykotomy comprises two powerful bodies of work: Lessons of Anatomy: How To Not Be Lesbian and Dykotomy. These thought-provoking pieces delve into the intricate duality of a concealed identity. As a queer woman who has grappled with the challenges of being closeted for the majority of my life, these works serve as reflections on how internalized homophobia has manifested within me.
Lessons of Anatomy: How to Not Be Lesbian takes the form of a series of ten compelling posters that dissect not only my physical body but also the societal gender expectations placed upon it. Through the anatomical design, the viewer is transported to a high school biology classroom, assuming the role of an inspector. The juxtaposition of sterile visuals with a satirical voice cleverly subverts expectations, prompting the viewer to question the surface appearances. Not everything is as it seems.
This piece stems from my personal experience of desperately attempting to conceal my queerness and the meticulous process of refining my outward appearance to achieve that. It is essential to note that it does not speak on behalf of all women or all queer individuals. Rather, it sheds light on the profound impact that these two intersecting identities have had on my sense of self.
By exploring the complexities of a hidden identity, Dykotomy invites viewers to contemplate their own journeys and the societal pressures they may encounter. It aims to foster empathy and understanding while acknowledging the uniqueness and diversity of personal experiences.