1701c N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa, FL 33605
6pm Early Collector Showcase / 7pm to 11pm
As the Artist behind this visceral odyssey, I stand before you humbled and exhilarated, for within this collection of Artworks lies the very fragments of my vivacity & spirit.
I delved deep into the recesses of my being, drawing upon the wellspring of emotions and experiences that have shaped me. It is here, amidst the forging of these Artworks that I found solace in my younger self, once vibrant and unburdened by the weight of the world… And within that sweet nostalgia, I found solace in the act of creation, wielding my brush like a poet wields words. Each rhinestone, each carefully chosen hue, was a plea for my younger self to speak to me, to express an antidote to the unspoken fears that dwelled within me.
So, naturally, just as a caterpillar retreats into a cocoon, so did I yearn for transformation – to shed the fear I felt, the limitations of emotional fatigue and perception and emerge, reborn, as a resplendent Butterfly.
The collection before you is a testament to that transformation - Art that morphs pain into beauty, to transcend the limits of expression and touch the depths of what it truly means to live halfway between Fantasy & Reality.
Within this exhibition, you will find an assemblage of Artworks woven with threads of Decadence, Invention, and an Unbounding sense of Creative Ingenuity.
I was always told as a young, queer kid, that I was just “ Too Flamboyant ”, I was always too “ Loud ”, too “ much ”, or too just too “ Feminine ” for a boy…
Looking into the reflection of eyes of the Artist I am now, I proudly pay homage to the essence of rejecting all of those toxic structures, celebrating the myriad facets of maximalism and the deep, emotional layers of Liberating myself from all who have told me to be something other than myself.
This collection and it’s entire spectacle is my love letter to that very experience, while also honoring the confection of color, texture, and the insatiable curiosity of exploration and it’s dazzling alchemy.
I dedicate these Artworks to my beloved Grandmother, whose unwavering love and unwritten tales have guided my hand. Through her nurturing presence, I discovered the courage to traverse uncharted territories, to reclaim fragments of a universe I left behind as a child. Every canvas, her voice echos, whispering secrets of resilience and tenderness, igniting a spark of creativity that dances across each creation.
So, my dear wanderers, prepare to embark on a pathway to the ethereal…
Allow every detail of this show to transport you, allow the artworks to breathe life into your thoughts, and awaken a part of yourself you didn't know dwelled within you.