Zak Monday
Bleedy Eyes (2008), Mirror Twins (2008)
(right) Installation view
*Note: One of the Mirror Twins sculptures was displayed in the front of the Gallery on opening night and not shown in this view.
Zak Monday
Bleedy Eyes (2008), Mirror Twins (2008)
(right) Installation view
Zak Monday

Whoa- Identity is a very LARGE discussion in this show and certainly within my work. I suppose queerness enters unknowingly when the crochet technique I use to make the body masks begins. I learned this skill from my mother, and she from hers- a cut in the gender line of our family and to the priorities of masculine tradition within it. I have three sisters and none have been so concentrated on crochet as I have been. It is a part of my mother, I bring her energy into these scary creatures to give to them a sense of comfort and warmth with the yarn and the domesticity of the craft.

I am a gay man, but I never think about crocheting being akin to that identity, it’s not something as feminine as one would think. Its about patience and determination, it is hard work!~ and for me a meditation conjuring the spirit of Art.

Crocheting is an adventure for me, not subservient and made as a gift for someone for practicality--but the body masks end up being used as an armor; a warriors suit- for the similarly meditated rituals I place them in.

Yarn is great to work with, I take it everywhere. On the bus mostly - where I get approached by members of my community in San Diego- mostly older women who tell me what I’m doing wrong, and what stitch they can teach unto me. Working in the public gives me that time to observe how other people operate and what idiosyncrasies they enact. It is a way for me to culturally communicate with others; a very physical and social presence is paramount to guide my work. I’ve been told how intriguing a man who crotchet’s is to the outside world! For me, it is quite natural, but the queerness pops up in the eyes of others, and I am humbly some shamanic transmitter of it.

Mirror Twins (2008)
Hand crocheted yarn, embroidery thread, satin, wire
6 foot tall full body suits
Bleedy Eyes (2008)
Hand crocheted yarn, embroidery thread, satin, wire
6 foot tall full body suit