My visual art is an on-going narrative of the different forms the queer body takes, and the social expectations that lie behind it. I primarily use dancers/performers as the common denominators for this conversation of deconstruction. Injecting the queer body into non-traditional environments through dance and performance is my way of questioning the attitudes, fears and unwritten rules which have formed our outward behavior and force us to wrestle with conformity. I celebrate the human, the distinct and beautiful strangeness that othered people possess. I treasure the eccentric and the silly. I find the beauty of bodies in battered warehouses or cluttered living-rooms trapped in the antiquity of the 60s. With my work I say, we exist, we are strange, and we are beautiful.
In addition to my work as a visual artist, I have also streamlined a career in both the fields of health care and art education. Working with such arts organizations as the Museum of Modern Art, Quest Visual Theatre, and the Creative Alliance, I have provided community and access programs to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind. I have taught arts education classes, across the country and overseas, to deaf and hard of hearing youth in foster care.
I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2003 and a Masters in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College in 2005. Currently residing in Baltimore with my family, I work as the Deaf Services Program Manager for the Baltimore Medical System, Inc.
My arts partner is also my husband, Nick Horan, and together we make art under the name EXTRA. In October of 2017, we created our biggest project to date, "Miami is Nice." This included our Golden Girls inspired wedding which took place inside an arts exhibition we curated, together with some magical friends. See more (and more and more and more) here:
I'm always on the lookout for creative, collaborative opportunities in any creative area, so please feel free to contact me! Instagram: @zzhandler