I originally made this print shortly after the US election, in despair over what to do, in a gesture of solidarity and commitment to all of us who have been affected, and will be even more acutely affected by the white supremacist capitalist settler-colonial heteronormative patriarchy and the many faces who represent its ugliest facets.
I printed this new version with a new colorway in early 2019 during a visit to Toronto and Queer Print Club at OCAD University, facilitated by my dear friend and former colleague Nick Shick. I showed and telled a heap of my print work and portfolios that I am a part of, and then did a general screenprinting demo and demonstrated how to print a split fountain, or “sweet fade” as I like to call it, in two different directions. With students’ help, I printed a small edition of 13 prints on this beautiful sparkly gold paper and another 20 on white cougar. For now a few of these sparkly gold prints are available here on Justseeds.
This print is a remix of a hand-drawn camouflage pattern I made a few years ago, now with that secret queer triangle even more visible. I have long been drawn to camouflage patterns and have recently thought of them as a way to visualize intersectionality, of working across difference and also of the tension between visibility and assimilation. Between dazzling and passing.
I want you to know I see you, I acknowledge you, and I love you.