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Editorial | SAMANTHA CASS

Embodied Practices

of Queerness

Exhibit Coordinators | SAMANTHA CASS, CYNTHIA ZHOU

Editor | DANICA HOOPER

 Featuring | TAYLER GARDNER, MOLLY STEELS

“Embodied Practices of Queerness” is an editorial that discusses how the writer, Samantha Cass, engages with ear piercings in a way that imparts queer narratives. She talks about how her piercings are a way that she subverts what is expected of her bodily appearance by the heteronormative society and is how the act of body modifications is practiced by many queer people, as well as an identifier. To Sam, her “piercings still hold for [her] a permanent commitment to queer aesthetics and the desire to be visibly queer to this day.” Featuring two queer individuals, Tayler Gardner and Molly Steels, the film discusses the significance of body modifications on queer identities; they discuss how they practice queerness and set their own narratives through their body modifications.

Molly Steels

Image of blonde woman taking a selfie wearing a striped yellow turtleneck and denim overalls

Molly Steels (she/her) is a Toronto based artist, originally from Bradford, Ontario. She is currently pursuing her BFA in Image Arts at Ryerson University. She uses photography as a tool for self-expression, adventure and contemplating the world around her. She is also the photography editor for RAD, a platform spanning experiential, print, and social.

 

 

Tayler Gardner

Image of a non-binary person crouched down, looking up to the camera wearing a white long sleeve button-up and black tights

Tayler Gardner (they/them) is a 21 year old trans non binary fashion designer based in Toronto. As a trans person, they utilize fashion as a platform of gender expression that exceeds the boundaries of gender binary. Through their art and design work, Tayler channels an essence of gender euphoria, connecting garments to personal expression and emotions.