From Cutting to Kissing
“Perhaps we should love ourselves so fiercely, that when others see us they know exactly how it should be done.” Rudy Francisco
In graduate school I started experimenting with performance art. During the first intensive summer session of my schooling, I intuitively began a project where I photographed myself kissing my body with red lipstick so as to leave lip marks on the surface of my skin. I kissed everywhere I could reach and blemished my pale complexion with red. These marks I thought, resembled wounds.
This instinctive artistic start continued to evolve into a project called Transference where I performed kissing my parents repeatedly with the same red lipstick. It wasn't until years later that I looked back and saw the deeper meaning that was now glaringly obvious. This project was a visual representation of my struggle with self-harm as a teenager, and my ensuing journey from cutting to kissing, self-harm to self-love.