By Whatever These Pink Things Mean
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By Whatever These Pink Things Mean was an exhibition of paintings and sculptures that played on ideas of abstraction ("pink things" are present but not named), the symbolic associations and psychological affects of pink, and to "pink's" other meaning: "to make light, repeated taps on a surface." Autobiographical in nature, the work was founded on my experiences of having a gay father who died from complications due to AIDS, and spoke to my struggle to reconcile a fatherly love that was both "maternalised," and tainted with darker feelings of shame, anger, grief and trauma. Through tropes of painting, sculpture and textiles, this body of work was an attempt to make visible the human necessity to temper (if not placate) painful emotions with softer expressions of humour, sensuality and love.