ABOUT: Kasey speaks animatedly about travel and far away exotic places. She is a travel agent, organizing trips to those places she is enthusiastic about. Kasey has been to south and west Africa, and has seen much there. She brought the Vietnamese hat as a prop, and it seems most appropriate that she pose with it. She’s very responsive to the use of props and likes to assume the character of the hat or costume she is wearing.
ABOUT: Hermaphroditus was a remarkably handsome boy. The naiad, Salmacis, prayed to be united with him forever. In answer to her prayers, the two forms were united into one, thus being transformed in a hermaphrodite. The name is a compound of his parents’ names, Hermes and Aphrodite. Hermaphroditus is associated with marriage where the relationship embodies both masculine and feminine qualities.
ABOUT: Azlyn is a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights, and describes herself as pansexual – attraction to others irrespective of gender. She also presents herself as ‘boyish’ and even her hairstyle – short cut on one side and long on the other – bespeaks of her nonbinary self. Azlyn’s top is both humorous and provocative. It challenges us to question gender identity, and assumptions of sex. Her pose is strong and defiant.
ABOUT: Love and intimacy has as many forms of expression as there are relationships. My model has a close, supportive marriage with a strong love connection. We chose to present a playful, camping image of how this can be expressed. We often play out roles with our chosen other(s), and here she is in her assertive self. A strong and decisive women. In charge!
ABOUT: A provocative pose, though not painted in a manner to be sexual. She is both asleep, and possibly unawares to the explicitness of her position, and she is asleep in a metaphorical sense to the message of peace. Are we asleep to peace, or are we sleeping because we are at peace? Does the comfort of another bring peace?