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venting dysphoria

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i tend to get my emotions out through art a lot, both positive and negative, and for a while that's how i dealt with gender dysphoria i guess.. so i did a bunch of pieces about it. this one is my favorite out of those, though.

Mayor Mare:
Very nice. I'm not very good at my art yet, but it really helps me to be able to express what I feel in a way that doesn't risk me being outed before I'm ready.

An artist is all I ever wanted to be but in the closet my work became so much about my confusion and dysphoria. I was in such deep denial though that I couldn't understand let alone explain my own work. I recently went through a huge purge of my male belongings and a lot of artwork was part of it. Most of the painful and dysphoric stuff went to the trash and recycling.

I am still patiently waiting for the spark of inspiration to return. I'm excited to see what I will be making, what media I will be employing. It will be fun to develop an honest practice and body of work and I can't wait to head back to exhibition.

Without creative outlets I would not be alive today. Sometimes a pen is the best wound to bleed from. 

Lady Smith:
Not being able to draw for toffee it was writing that served me as my safety valve against dysphoria.

That is one powerful ink drawing by the way.

Paul Muad-Dib:
Art has always been one of my escapes.

I just don't get the time to do it for that reason now.

Using it to express dysphoria is cathartic for sure. Maybe not as much as we would like but I think it helps. Putting the pain into a drawing or painting or something can feel like you drained it from your system for a while. And you can do whatever you want with the result, keep it, destroy it, etc.


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