My sculpture honors the resiliency of the LGBTQIA+ community and represents the spectrum of gender expression as part of Women in Their Infinite Forms. Paper flowers that exemplify struggle and triumph are used to create the composition. The symbolism of these flowers carries a weight that is heavier than their delicate petals. The green carnation, made into code by Oscar Wilde, symbolizes a man's attraction to men. Violets were often referenced by the Greek poet Sappho who lived on the island of Lesbos. The "Lavender Scare" saw the systematic removal of gay men and lesbians from federal government service in the mid-20th century. Flamboyantly gay men were referred to as ’Daisy,’ ‘buttercup,’ and especially ‘pansy’ in the early twentieth century.
Louis Trujillo is an artist and curator born and residing in Colorado. He creates works in his private studio and a shared studio at Art Gym Denver. Identity is the recurring theme of inspiration for his artwork with explorations in gender expression, the unconscious, and family history. He received his B.F.A in drawing at Metropolitan State University of Denver where he was awarded the Nagel Art Thesis Grant and the Nagel Directed Studies Scholarship. He is a former member and PR Director of SYNC Gallery located in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. He is currently part of the Member Services team at Art Gym Denver.
Photo by: Jeff Fierberg