Sissy Boy Sweet
My childhood was an ugly living collection of images; experiences printed beyond where language can reach. I was terrorized for being a boy others did not want me to be. Sissy Boy Sweet attempts to reclaim the landscape of the bullied by understanding how the memories of events long past capture themselves inside the imaging of the mind; how that capturing manipulates the physical and internal landscape of the psychosomatic home, and the embodiment of those stories. I attempt to respond to the complex evolving nexus; where does a child begin to give power away, and then ultimately how someone else being in control becomes the comfortable threat around every corner. I borrow on traditional modes of therapeutic practice adapting it to the visual frame. The spirit of narrative therapy is the reconstruction of identity by generating alternative possible world semantics: to embrace the sissy boy as the sweet boy and the expansiveness that comes from non-gender conformity. Through reconstructing a fragmented trauma from a larger occurrence, the complete experience may be saved with appropriate sensations; then learning through the softness of understanding accrues, which creates a future guide to engender stability and emotional health.