This is the Winter 2017 course discussion blog for and by UCLA students enrolled in LGBTQ Studies 183: Queer Arts in LA.
This course includes a creative component. When this course was first offered during the Fall 2012 quarter, the students researched queer artists who have a significant connection to Los Angeles. Then created a collaborative website.
For my image, I wanted to include several factors that didn't necessarily relate to each other. As you can see there seems to be a a lot going on, but the message I wanted to get across was the fact that even though our mouths may be deciphering a smile, it does not mean we truly feel content. As human beings, we have a tendency to judge others solely by their appearance, when in reality our appearance could not possibly express everything one carries inside. We may see a person smiling and they may be faking it, they might be going through the worst time of their lives, but we won't stop and think about it because that is not what we see. We need to come to the realization that our assumptions are not always correct. We need to see past the smiling, because a persons eyes say more than a smile will ever do. The background depicts something that looks like a starry sky and I felt that background would be appropriate for my image due to the fact that the sky is something so much more than what we know. We see blue, but we don't know what lives in the blue. It is unknown, therefore we can assume, but never truly be right.