Just One Piece of the Puzzle

There are people working on a puzzle. They are contributing pieces to the whole picture so that they can look at it together. There is also a person who is tightly holding on to a puzzle piece they’ve found. It is all they’re aware of, all they can see. They won’t contribute to the largerContinue reading “Just One Piece of the Puzzle”

What If I Don’t Want to Be Perceived?

What I am struggling with the most about social media these days is that it feels as though we have to make ourselves the centre of whatever we post, and most of the time, I don’t want to be perceived. I want to share my art, but I often don’t want to be seen. IContinue reading “What If I Don’t Want to Be Perceived?”

My New Approach to Labels

For most of my life, I’ve struggled with labels. I’ve had a hard time finding the right ones to capture my messy and fluid feelings and experiences. The only labels I’ve managed to stick with are the expansive ones, like queer, that operate as umbrella terms and can have a variety of meanings—giving me roomContinue reading “My New Approach to Labels”

Maybe You’re Not Special

Maybe it’s okay to be a regular person. Maybe you don’t have to be special, talented, unique, different, or all that interesting. Maybe you’re not one of those people they’ll tell stories about. Maybe no one will make a movie about your life. Maybe you’re an average Joe, just some guy out here trying toContinue reading “Maybe You’re Not Special”

Are You Afraid to Share Your Art?

As artists, most of us are sensitive to criticism. We can feel terrified of putting our work out there. Our art can represent the most vulnerable parts of ourselves, and the last thing we may want is to make that available for public consumption. It doesn’t help that we regularly see other creatives be evisceratedContinue reading “Are You Afraid to Share Your Art?”