busy body
Busybody’s mission is to give POC artists an opportunity to realize the passion projects that they might otherwise have put aside out of concern for their financial and/or cultural feasibility. We want to remove the self-expression of POC from the theater of capitalism: we’re interested in work by and for POC; work that engages in introspection, representation, deconstruction or celebration; projects that circumnavigates and undermines the dominant, suffocating structures of capitalism, racism, sexism, etc. We want to enable people of color to hone their craft and support their creation of art. We want to promote and connect POC artists and create a community in which we feel comfortable and valued.

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                jacoby zel        portland, or

Portraits of Queer People as Portals of Possibility Artist Statement

Artist Description:Portraits of Queer People as Portals of Possibility Artist Statement all starts with the gaze. I believe that during the process of meeting a person halfway, through eye contact, there is a mutual curiosity and invitation to explore a greater sense of who we are in relation to each other and ourselves. As opposed to framing queer bodies in a moment, I wanted the queer bodies to be the frame for their own quintessence to explore the infinity that is within form, the vitality in a vessel, the flowers in a vase. I use collage as a medium to recontextualize my reality into one that streamlines my experience navigating both the human condition and my own queer identity. It’s through this process that I am able to illustrate how fragmented pieces, when brought together, can invoke a sense of wholeness by displaying how a singular energy can be fluid in the way it is embodied and nuanced between multiple people, places, and things. Similar to a dream, I implore the viewer to question whether individual moments within the pieces are occupied by meaning, or void of it as they unfold. In illustrating illusions, I would like to impart a coalesced sense of both confusion and wonder, akin to my own journey of self discovery, reaching for resonance internally and externally. Each portrait is an opportunity to understand me, the people within it, and yourself.