beloved home, 2021. gouache on paper. 14" x 8".
Commissioned by SheFunds for International Women's Month 2021.
One of the four pillars of the Transgender Law Center's Trans Agenda is "Beloved Home". Their vision is to honor trans people, Indigenous or migrant, built on the understanding that our relationship to this land is connected to our relationship to ourselves and each other.
"We demand a world in which Indigenous cultural practices, land and body sovereignty are respected, where transgender migrants, gender non-conforming, nonbinary, and two-spirit people are never forced to leave our homes, and where we have the freedom of movement to seek out our own belonging and spiritual traditions and in which Black people everywhere are free and liberated."
This is a portrait of the San Joaquin River Delta, where the river flows into the bay. Water expresses the freedom, movement, and spirit of migration, of people seeking out their homes through waterways.
As a trans and non-binary artist, my work often relates to in-between spaces, like the place where land meets water — abundant and liminal. Growing up in California as the child of immigrants, the San Joaquin River is the reason I can find a home here.
The Mono, Miwok, and Maidu people are the original inhabitants of the river delta. They have stewarded the land for generations, and have made it possible for the river to continue to give us water for growing food, habitats for the birds and fish and critters, and plants that are essential for our lives here in California.