TD / 06.11–06.19 2022
Are You Surprised?
Lindsay Skvarek: All my art is about being trans, I got into ceramics around the same time that I began to question my gender and have only gotten more committed to it since transitioning. Ceramics has always been a kind of therapy for me, and the studio has always been a place to simultaneously escape from and deal with my problems. My sculptures began as a way for me to deal with my struggles with gender dysphoria and body dysmorphia. The forms of the sculptures are based on those feelings of dysmorphia and viewing my by has this blob and we as microscopic multicellular organisms.
My work is a reflection of who I am and it will continue to change as I do.
The sculptures in Are you Surprised? were primarily made during my residency here at Talking Dolls as well as at Wayne State University during my senior year there. While I was at Talking Dolls I had my one year anniversary of starting HRT and my work shifted towards being about how I could feel these changes affecting me physically and mentally. My blobs became twisted masses of guts and limbs caught in the middle of rearranging themselves. My work is a reflection of who I am and it will continue to change as I do.