Body as Home: Identity

In my work, I explore the emotional impacts of place and its interconnection with identity. My work structures my identity around recreations of past homes I have lived in and aims to broaden the concept of home by framing my body as a physical location. My body acts parallel to my relationship with physical places and homes I have lived in, as it is an ever-changing, physical manifestation of my identity. My presentation informs my identity but is also informed by it. By reframing by body neutrally as a place, I reclaim autonomy and begin to honor so called “negative” aspects of my body, as well as lessen the importance of outside perceptions of myself. To me, this emotional investment is the difference between a place and a home.