AMY SHELTON PHOTOGRAPHY
Gender Fluid (2015)
For this project, I explore the validity of gender fluidity through portraiture, touching on the various expressions of gender roles in society. Painting with developer during the photographic development process, I emphasize the inability of control in containing a liquid as a metaphor for one’s gender identity. Gender fluid is a gender identity which refers to a gender which varies over time. A gender fluid person may at any time identify as male, female, neutrois, or any other non-binary identity, or some combination of identities.
Upon a cursory internet search of gender fluidity the results read: “gender fluidity is bullshit” and “gender fluidity isn’t real.”
As someone who identifies as genderfluid/ genderqueer, there is a confusing line of where society stops validating gender identities all together.
The gender identity of any person shouldn't need to be validated, but for people to deny it's existence is absurd.
Through this work, I want viewers to consider reaching into the grey area, and beyond the male/female binary.