This fictional narrative is comprised of self-portraits. The series is the internal narrative of a transgendered woman, someone who was born as the male sex, but identifies as a woman.
Proud to be who she is, “Mistress” wakes up and prepares for her day: bra, skirt, make up, shirt, heels... Suddenly, to her dismay, "Mister" wakes up from the blissful dream that is “Mistress” to the unsettling truth of reality. This living nightmare is a society in which does not tolerate or accept her. The true unfortunate story here is that this narrative is not fiction for many individuals that identify as transgender; honestly, this is a struggle for many individuals who identify with a gender or sexuality that is outside of the heteronormative sphere. My wish is for this photo series to create conversation and action; the mistreatment of individuals due to their gender or sexual orientation is a serious problem, and it must cease.
This series was on exhibition in CU-Boulder's Visual Art Complex's Dark Room from November 2015 to April 2016, and in Norlin Library for CU-Boulder's 2016 Honors Journal release.
The sixth photograph (Lipstick) in the series is a published artwork in CU-Boulder's 2016 Honors Journal.
The fifth photograph (Skirt) and the sixth photograph (Lipstick) are part of a permanent exhibition by Strange Fire Collective titled "Call and Response: Art as Resistance".