The Winter 2017 issue of That's What She Said highlights voices of the marginalized, seeks beauty and self love in difficult times, and celebrates all.
Conner Waring The Queen Photo series
This photogenic dream goes by the stage name Cinnamon Dior, who idolized Audrey Hepburn. She really portrayed that style eloquently in these photos and much like Hepburn, Dior and I are feminists who stand for equality. In this shoot, I decided to take a classic 1920s look and add a modern twist. This took place in the historic Connor Hotel in Laramie, WY, where Dior wore black to show strength and white to symbolize good, with bright red lipstick to show her fire and anger. The point of this shoot is that anyone can be this perfect vintage queen— and who better than a beautiful drag queen. You don't have to be a size 0 to be stunning, but you still can. You don't have to be a woman to wear make up or a dress, but you still can. We shouldn't let social norms stand in the way of what we want.
Trinity (2016) Maddie Paz Colored Pencil As our society moves further towards a sliding scale of both sexuality and morality we begin to lose the need and the application of labels. Androgyny has become our new way of coexisting, label-less and spilling over the sides of the boxes we were once jammed into. This piece may create many questions and judgements, such as “who are they?’ “what’s their gender?” “why are they doing that?” as there is a lot of scrutiny that can arise from a piece as explicit as this, but it is important to keep in mind that the very glory of the piece lies with the ambiguity of the identities of the lovers involved. That way the connections and secrets remain between their lips and no one else's.
This piece addresses with the flexibility of sexuality and the intensity that goes along with it. As the artist, I set out to apply beauty to an act preconceived as vulgar with the use of finely blended color. Colored pencil is an unfamiliar medium for me, yet one I felt was necessary to cultivate the proper portrayal in a piece like this. It requires a great deal of patience in order to build up the colors to where you need them to be. In order to show depth, you must build layers upon layers of colors and shading. With colors chosen to exemplify the vibrancy of pleasure and passion, the subjects were left appropriately saturated in their own lust and in color.
This colored pencil study was drawn from a photograph, from which I focused on realistically portraying proportions, shape, color and depth. All factors that would directly affect the perception of the viewer. In a piece this nuanced, the audience should be able to see the pressure of the mouths against each other and the tongues colliding. All as a means of provoking careful thought in the realm of what sexuality means to them. This piece is meant to linger with the viewer. Their questions surrounding the piece are widely left unanswered purposefully, as the goal is introspective thinking. I want the lack of identification in this piece to push the audience to examine their role within it, and look deeper into their emotional response be it positive or negative. Ultimately, this piece stands to both seduce and open up a conversation about the complexities of sexuality in its modern definition.
Tell me a little bit about yourselves?
My name is Danyale Patterson. I created too hard because I wanted to make a media outlet for girls in snowboarding. before too hard there was an all girls movie crew called peep show. they were very cliquey. They wouldn't put girls in there edits because they didn't think they were "cool".
These were very nice girls and it hurt my heart to see this type of treatment go down. So I decided to make a girl's media outlet that would allow girl in.
How did you all find each other? Snowboarding is a pretty small world. Sometimes the girls message me on Facebook like, "hey can i send you my footage?", and I am like, "hell ya!"
And how did you all find snowboarding?
My dad taught me to snowboard in Alaska. Thats where I am from.
I saw a recent post mentioning your advocacy for #equalpayforwomen and that only one of the girls in that film was paid for snowboarding last year. What would you do if you did have a budget? Pay for a professional filmer.
Why do you think the wage gap and sexism are still so prevalent? Because people are sheep. more women should be demanding equality but they are scared. they don't want to offend the males. in snowboarding, I see girls trying so hard to be buddy buddy with the guys that don't care about them.
Have any of you experienced more direct sexism in snowboarding?
Yes! omg so much. adidas spends a fortune on mens snowboarding and doesnt spend a penny on women. they dont even make womens boots.
One time Madison Blackley planned out filming at a spot with a filmer friend of hers. the filmer went early with this guy, Alex Sherman, (who rides for adidas). and when Madison showed up, Alex was like, "yeah right! you think I'm gonna ride with a girl?!? no way!" and it was Madison's spot!
I saw a post about going to protest in North Dakota against the pipeline- did that ever happen?
no =( I just donated 200$ instead. I'm trying my best. I feel guilty for not doing more.
What upcoming projects are you working on?
I really want to do more meaningful work. I want to make snowboard edits that also advertise clean living. Like living trash free, or driving an electric car.
Tell me a little bit about your online shop- all the designs are great, what’s the story behind all the designs?
My friend Joanie Robichaud did some of the designs and then my friend Este Preda did some designs. They are both great!
How can people support you guys? Buying our clothes =) leaving positive feedback on instagram or facebook =)
Everyone Has A Say When You Tell Them You’re Gay
Taimoor Qazi Conversion, 2016 Sharpie & Water Soluble Colored Pencils 8.5 x 11
In the wake of the recent election, we have seen a rise in hate crimes targeting Muslims, people of color, and LGBTQ people. Being someone who is both from a Muslim family and gay, I feel a very large target on my back. President-elect Trump has attempted to quell the fear of many LGBTQ+ people by publicly stating that he will protect our rights. However, his continued selection of cabinet members who are vehemently against gay civil rights is concerning. Furthermore, his running mate and future VP Pence is a strong proponent of conversion therapy. This piece reflects the future many LGBTQ+ people fear. Conversion illustrates a dark reality looming over us, depicting a man on the brink of death being subjugated to Electroconvulsive Therapy. The power source for the procedure are two batteries- one labeled 'Family Values,' and the other 'Unnatural.' These represent two of the many arguments that dehumanize gay people, and are the ammunition used to take rights away from a group of human beings.
Conner Waring Don’t Fucking Dismiss Me photo
I made this piece when I had a bad encounter with a friend of my boyfriends. It all started when I drove to pick them up from their class to grab lunch together. I’ll call him Bob, started telling us about this gif he saw of cars driving perfectly, the caption reading “if there were no women drivers”. For the first time, I had the courage to say something, because this wasn’t the first-time Bob was sexist. I simply stated that there are a lot of bad drivers out there and women are not the only problem. He came back with “It was just a joke, I’m not sexist because I think it’s funny. You don’t need to jump down my throat”. I was shocked at this, as Bob is a very intelligent and polite guy, who I considered my friend, so I stopped talking.
When Bob left, I couldn’t hold back the tears. It had built through lunch, leaving with Bob talking only to my boyfriend, Scott we’ll say. Scott put his arm around me and I said “you can mock me for anything else. Anything. But not my gender.” I can’t change the way I was born; no one can, and to realize so many women, people of color, the LGBTQ, get so judged for things that they are born with. It left me depressed and angry, that not only a person, but a friend, could be so careless and judgmental, when the only reason we are different is because I happened to come out as a girl and he a man and the only jokes he can make are about what is underneath the zipper of my jeans. This happens far too often and in so many worse ways. This year I have been exposed to more sexism, maybe because I’m finally really realizing it or maybe it is going downhill, but I am done being silent. And I am beyond done for being dismissed and put aside simply because of my fucking boobs and vagina.
The Fall 2016 issue of That's What She Said unpacks the 2016 US presidential election
Aubrey Mueller Reparative Composition, 2016 Bristol Paper + Spackle 24x18
Reparative Composition speaks to the liminal edge. The spaces created in-between spaces, the negatives that only exist as defined by their positives. Forms are cut and removed from the paper, later being used to refill the voids they left behind. Using spackle for this purpose highlights the inability to omit the omissions of situations once they have occurred, even by perfect math. Something made whole again does not mean it is the same.
Taimoor Qazi Big(ot) Stick, 2016 Fine Point Sharpie 5.8 x 8.3
Big(ot) Stick reflects the hypocrisy of the USA when it comes to illegally entering a nation's borders. On the left there is Teddy Roosevelt's famous one liner about using brute force to occupy another country, and on the right we see Trump's phrase about keeping people out of ours; ironic. The hypocrisy lies in the fact that the USA has a long standing history of invasion on the grounds of "progress, defense," and "the spread of democracy." However, when faced with the prospect of refugees and immigration, we beat people off with a bat.
Allison Pinski Enough, 2016 Digital PDF
This election has exposed the many racial, gendered, and xenophobic undertones of American society. Donald Trump isn’t voicing what ‘everyone is thinking, but too afraid to say;’ he’s disguising hate speech as America’s inner monologue. Enough is enough. No more anti-Islamic sentiment. No more cries of ‘white genocide.’ No more misogyny. No more racism. No more transphobia. Enough.
Taimoor Qazi Agenda, 2016 Water Soluble Colored Pencils 8.5 x 11
Initially Agenda represented the reactionary nature many people have toward people on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. We often hear the term "The Gay Agenda," being tossed around with both positive and negative connotations. However, this election has also revealed the visceral hate many people in this country still have toward minorities, so in a larger scope this piece also represents anger toward these minorities (the mushroom cloud), as well as the weight carried on their backs (vines), as they are forced to take blows and swallow their voices.
Zack Gomez Bernie Sanders, 2016 Photo
YOU HAVE A VOICE, YOU HAVE A CHOICE
The Summer 2016 issue launches That's What She Said while addressing oppression, self-care, transphobia, and #sayhername.