An Iris Stands Tall: a mother’s journey, a daughter’s transition

An Iris Stands Tall
a mother’s journey, a daughter’s transition

My child began medical treatment to transition from an adolescent boy into a young woman at age sixteen. Although her father and I knew this was a possibility from early childhood, the realization that we were entering a new journey with our child into the transgender world was mysterious and at times full of doubt and grief.

Over the course of three years, my emotions and knowledge of this new world grew and changed. My art integrates my observations, research, experiences and interactions. Expression through art helped me process and understand my child on many levels and lead me to accept and honor my daughter. This is both a vulnerable and proud process for me.

Through my art I explore my journey as I was led to deeper levels of understanding of my child.

An Iris Stands Tall
a mother’s journey, a daughter’s transition
(Full exhibit includes 42 pieces of art with narrative, 155 linear feet of wall space)

Gender Identity, Cultural Expectation
Boy in Box
Girl in Box

Early Years
If You Pray God Will Heal Him
Boy Queen
School Yard
Why Not Mary?
Dancing Hair
Boy with Long Beautiful Hair
Audrey Elizabeth Bacall

Ancestor Watch
Hoodie Shell
Lost Brother
Family Portrait

My Child Saw Me Weep (3)

Two-Spirit Culture

Where May I Pray?
Gentle Man in Silk
Woman with Blue Collar Hands
Woman Dreamer
Man Dreamer

Facing the Fear
Carnival Lady
We Seek Acceptance in the Kingdom of God

Cross to Bear
Your Legs Will Never Do
Adam’s Apple
Maybe, too late for Me
My Body, My Business
My Eyes Will Always Be Blue

The Bouquet

Legal Processes
Gender Marker
Naming Ceremony

Joy of Existence
Two Spirit Man
Two Spirit Woman
An Iris Stands Tall

Art pieces are rendered in graphite, charcoal, oil pastel or combination on paper.
Art work completed from 2014 to 2016