Mothie, Jean Holgrum, And Marcus Menefee for Number Inc.
When given the opportunity to create an article for Number Inc. , an amazing magazine in the Midsouth, I was thrilled to create a discussion around artisthood and health with my friend Jean Holgrum, an illustrator and inspiration.
Photographer and friend Marcus Menefee created the images for this article. My friendship with both of these artists has been paramount to my journey.
Please read the article HERE and share with your friends!
On Teaching, Drag, and Crying in Parking Lots - Moth Moth Moth for Numbers Inc. Magazine
For issue 101 Mothie created an article exploring the vulnerabilities of being queer, a southerner, an educator, and a beloved giant glitter insect person.
Follow the link HERE and read the issue!
These are beliefs that guide Mothie as she creates programing and art objects for you.
A spirit of freedom
The Soulfulness of Drag
Drag is not simply men in dresses, nor is it simply women in collared shirts. There are drag people and creatures of all kinds.
There is also drag that goes by different names in different cultures.
The point is that drag represents many kinds of freedom. The freedom to celebrate Queer history and identities of all kinds across the LGBTQIA+ diaspora. The freedom to express with full range.
Freedom is rooted in the physical history of drag, there is a shared experience.
The joy of adorning oneself and dancing for the stars. As long as there have been leaves and flowers, there has been drag.
The Destabilization of Norms
Drag Background Radiation
Drag in its current form, which is rapidly evolving, remains to be both an act of artisthood and an act of politics.
In a world where in one place a man in a dress will be given hard labor, another man in a dress somewhere else is being handed a crown and flowers.
Drag forces people to think about our community. To think about how far we have climbed, and the brutalization that is still faced today.
Drag also has a power to disarm people. When embodying a higher self people lay down their sorrows and triumphs before a queen with a good listening ear.
We are an invitation to be free. We are an invitation to breath in your own body. And at our best, we are an invitation to goodness and light.
One Must Make
The Issue of Class and Drag
Over the ages, drag has used the world of commodity as its paintbrush.
There are many who feel barred from even trying to engage with the artform due to an inability to purchase fine garments.
Fine garments do not make you a good artist.
It is the way that you choose to wear those adornments that will make you an artist.
Let things fall into your hands. Break the components of the world apart, its what we are here for.
Anything that you find; be it an old blazer or a prom dress, breathe yourself into that shell. Your spirit makes it powerful.
Do not allow other people to equate your power, success, or talent based on an arbitrary classist rubric.
You make your drag one moment of strength at a time.
Notes on Shade
We are people in dresses with paint on our faces.
We are true soldiers of joy.
Shade can be cute.
Drag is about art and connection.
Not about crowns, or contests, or money.
When you have a mean heart, it will show through your mug.
So....mind your company.
And be your sister's keeper.
Remember, every one of us was just a weird nervous kid once upon a time. Caterpillars look pretty weird too. And they turn out fine.