在2012初夏，為了我第一批作品，我從洛杉磯飛到芝加哥。迪士尼在Center on Halsted(伊利諾伊州芝加哥社區中心)展示我的米老鼠作品以及展示我的“ 4DLA”系列中的變裝皇后作品。
當我的米奇項目結束時，我決定再次回到繪畫變裝皇后，並決定了變裝皇后領域的社會地域分佈。 Kat Sass是我在芝加哥皇后區的首次採訪。因為她是我在這個城市見過的第一個女王，而且似乎是冥冥中注定。多年來我們的友誼不斷發展，但Kat仍然在我眼中出現了超凡脫俗的感覺……我既緊張又興奮，想要聆聽他們的生活經歷。
Kat 出生在埃文斯頓（Evanston）時，在她人生的前10年都和父母在歐洲旅行。她的母親是一名走秀模特兒和女演員，而父親是Mikis Theodorakis樂團的天才音樂家/搖滾明星。
最終，Kat最終會在戲劇中成為主角。她以如此年輕年紀，用專注力和對工作奉獻精神，促使她一路過關斬將進入“芝加哥表演藝術學院”，以繼續她的藝術教育。在這裡變裝和劇院伴隨一起。儘管凱特畢業後就與某機構簽約，但她還是決定退出演戲。就在同一時刻，她接到了來自Mid-Tangent Productions(芝加哥LGBTQ劇場)的電話，要求她扮演“ Alex in Wonderland”(愛麗絲夢遊仙境)中的角色
In the early summer of 2012 I flew from my home in Los Angeles to debut my first collection of work in Chicago. Disney had coordinated with Center on Halsted in showcasing my Mickey Mouse work as well as exhibiting my Los Angeles/San Francisco drag queen work from my “4DLA” collection.
At the time I was on my first art tour around the country with Disney, which was both incredibly thrilling and at the same time very surreal. It would be the first time that I’d be in the spotlight, running from city to city, doing morning interviews on television, signing at conventions, and speaking at galas. While I was unbelievably grateful to be pulled out of obscurity, there was a tinge of heartache always lingering over me. I was like a light switch with each event, in where I’d ‘turn on’ and the whole world would explode with art, media, and conversation. When each event was over, I’d be left to do nothing but ‘turn off’, and there I would be standing alone in a sea of my work or quietly laying in my hotel room in a city I knew no one in.
So with Chicago, I expected it to be no different. I was excited about the press I was getting, even including that questionable article in the Windy City Times that said “Visually Handicapped Artist Debuts Work from Los Angeles”. I was also waiting for that moment when all the cheers would die down and I’d be left to head home without really experiencing the city.
The event went WAY beyond my expectation, and I was incredibly thrilled with the event.. and as things began to wind down, I began to prepare myself for my light switch to turn off. That was… until I heard this amazing infectious laugh bellow out behind me. I turned around to see this amazing queen dressed up as the queen of hearts laughing heartily behind me. Her voice was like this glamorous sonic boom that vibrated in my rib cage.
I was transfixed.
“Who… who is that person?” I asked my friend.
“That's Kat, and she’s incredible.”
My light switch never turned off that night after the event was over, because in ALL the cities that I had debuted in, Chicago was the FIRST city to ask me out afterwards. I ended up, like Alice.. pushing through the looking glass of the city and tumbled and twirled through its night life. I was a starry eyed passenger floating through the glittering darkness of drag queens, house music, and the warmest laughter I have ever heard in my life. It was so magical, that its bliss haunted me for years. After Berlin, Paris, and living in Las Vegas for a year… the memories of Chicago, Kat, and the drag queens always rested in the back of my head.
It was no wonder why I moved here.
I blame Kat Sass.
When my mickey project was over with, I decided to return back to painting drag queens again, and decided on the socio-geographical idea of Drag Landscapes. Kat Sass was my FIRST interview out of the Chicago queens. I mean, she had to be because she was the first queen I had ever met in the city, and it seemed serendipitous to do so. While our friendship grew over the years, Kat was still this otherworldly being in my eyes… and I was both nervous and excited to listen about their life.
While Kat was born in Evanston, she spent the first 10 years of her life traveling around Europe with her parents. Her mother was a runway model and actress, and her father was a genius musician/ rockstar with the Mikis Theodorakis Orchestra. From Barcelona, Frankfurt, Athens, Naples, and beyond.. Kat started her life traveling in the realms of music and art. This would ultimately change when the ride changed course, and she ended up in Texas.
This change of atmosphere would prove to be a great challenge for Kat. Kat would end up vying for the lead roles in the plays that were presented to her. Her unbelievable focus and work horse dedication at such a young age would carry her all the way to the “Chicago College of Performing Arts” to further her education in the arts. It would be here where drag and theatre came together. Despite being signed with an agency the moment she graduated, Kat decided to quit acting. It would be here at the VERY same moment, that she got a call from Mid-Tangent Productions for a role in “Alex in Wonderland”
“I was in this new place that was so different from where I had previously been. I was suddenly the weird kid who stuck out… and as much as I desperately tried to blend in… I just couldn’t. I was bullied heavily in school, especially by the boys. I was beat up and thrown into lockers by my peers. It was a shock to me why it was happening… I didn’t know what I had done wrong.” Kat, despite the turbulence of growing up in her new surroundings, found solace in the theatre.
“I have been performing ALL my life, and I’ve known since I was a little kid that theatre was my calling. My mother was my biggest advocate with the firm belief of ‘love everyone - see everyone’ and my father was my greatest teacher who taught me to ‘question everything and MAKE things at all times’. They fine tuned me to be the performer I am today. I always knew it was my path, but when I was given the opportunity to perform, I gave it EVERYTHING I had.”
“I got the call from them, and they had mentioned ‘well this role was written to be played by a man, but I wanted to see if you were interested’.. and of course I was”.
It would be here during her drag role as the Queen of Hearts, where Kat and I would first meet strangely enough. From here Kat would explode as a drag tour de force on the various stages all over the city. Her background in theatre, work horse mentality, and her insanely creative ideas has garnered her the awards, respect, and recognition that she so surely deserves. Not only that, but her brilliant personality and artistic genius .. which was so previously shamed in her Texas upbringing… has been celebrated time and time again in Chicago.
This painting is called “Kat Sass // Athena in Love”.
I chose this title as Athena is the goddess of wisdom and war. Being that drag is often confined by the ridiculously antiquated laws of gender and sexuality.. being an AFAB queen is nothing short of a long drawn out battle uphill for relevance and equal opportunity. Kat fights tooth and nail with her artistic genius to prove that AFAB queens belong in this world and they have a RIGHT to perform. And while Athena represents war, I see Kat Sass fighting for relevance with the power of love and wisdom. She is a teacher and a mother to a lot of the new queens in this city. She is more than just beauty, wit, and intelligence... as thats just the tip of the iceberg. She is changing the face of what drag is, and opening it past its exclusionary state….
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