Relationships, Betrayal and Fashion

Julz Hale Mary

"Relationship Hook" shows how romantic relationships often cause the loosing of one's intuition, preferences, and sense of right and wrong.  It highlights the confusion and cognitive dissonance one experiences in the abusive relationships.  Ultimately, it explores socially sanctioned attractions, and their entrenchment in heteropatriarchal narratives of masc and femme.  The clips used in the film pull from Buffalo 66, Fight Club, and Gossip Girl. 

"He Will Protect Them, He Will Grope Them" is an outfit by Julz Hale Mary.  Julz externalizes betrayal, trans dysmorphia and sexual abuse/harassment.  The outfit questions the promises of protection by an exploitive white patriarchal society, exposing the 'protector' as the abuser.

Julz Hale Mary is a multi-media performance artist who exposes the absurdity of polite society.  Julz is especially focused on interrogating the white patriarchy by creating campy renderings of feminized pathologies.  Influenced by somatic therapy and alternative mental health, Julz utilizes modern dance, Colorguard, objects, video, pop culture, fashion, drag, and music to obscure "common beliefs" based on the traditional lens of psychoanalysis.  Inspired by their own trans narrative, Julz critically engages western binaries, capitalist ladders, and one dimensional sentimentalities.  Their work has been featured at SomArts, The Lab, Artist Television Access, Submission, The Stud, Seattle LGBT Film Festival, Boston LGBT Film Festival, and The Center for Sex and Culture. 

Find out more about Julz here

Finding pleasure within

Kawena Vidigal

 An  Intaglio Line Etching  Kawena Vidigal entitled, "Playing With Myself."

An Intaglio Line Etching Kawena Vidigal entitled, "Playing With Myself."

Kawena Vidigal is an artist living in the bay area.  She is passionate about mental health and helping bridge the gap between what is considered health and illness. Kawena copes with her own mental health struggles through art.  “Playing with Myself” depicts a figure being touched and touching a body, but only the body.  There is no head as a mirror has replaced it. The figure is watching her own reflection, as she is touched and touching.  Self-love is a constant theme in her work, as she requires frequent reminders of her worth.  The idea that we need to look outside of ourselves for pleasure is an illusion, and this piece highlights that.

Find Kawena on Instagram @kawenasart!