I presented this piece on the floor in a corner of the gallery to my peers along with a stack of papers that read:
As a survivor of sexual violence, it has been difficult to rediscover the integral connection between myself and my own sexuality, both physically and mentally. Over time, I have tried to bridge this disconnect by reflecting on past experiences that shaped my own sex education and bodily associations.
This ongoing project functions as a timeline; a record of experiences that shaped who I was before being assaulted and the cyclical mental and corporeal identifications that have resulted.
I invite you to work together to untangle these experiences in order to arrive at a “truth” or understanding of the complexities of identity shaped through my experience with sex and constructed sexuality.
Instead of the negative implication of my viewer as part of rape culture that I had experimented with in previous work, Sexuality as Identity functioned as a positive experience wherein each person could work together to bear the weight of my experiences. Placing the responsibility in the hands of my audience to arrive at a "truth" was to allow for self-reflection as well.
The physical handling of the work allowed the participant to make associations to smells and textures (silky fabrics, frayed knots, rubber, dry cracked paint, clothing, etc) while the colors reflect my personal visual vocabulary.