An Iris Stands Tall – a mother’s journey, a daughter’s transition

An Iris Stands Tall
a mother’s journey, a daughter’s transition

My child began medical treatment to transition from an adolescent boy into a young woman at age sixteen. Although her father and I knew this was a possibility from early childhood, the realization that we were entering a new journey with our child into the transgender world was mysterious and at times full of doubt and grief.

Over the course of three years, my emotions and knowledge of this new world grew and changed. My art integrates my observations, research, experiences and interactions. Expression through art helped me process and understand my child on many levels and lead me to accept and honor my daughter. This is both a vulnerable and proud process for me.

Through my art I explore my journey as I was led to deeper levels of understanding of my child. This is shared within these themes:

Gender Identity, Cultural Expectation
Early Years
Alone
Sadness
Two-Spirit Culture
Judgments
Facing the Fear
Transition
Acceptance
Legal Processes
Joy of Existence

The subjects of this show are derived from live models and photos. Some subjects are based directly from family photos, others from various photos I adapted according to the message of the piece. This show represents both the transgender woman’s and man’s experience although is more representational of a transgender woman. This collection and story has remained private to honor my daughter’s privacy. She is now an adult and fully supports me sharing this art project with others. Over the years, I have come to understand that many share this journey. I hope to honor their journey as well.

Annette Sabater

Regional Arts and Culture Council and Puffin Foundation Ltd.

An Iris Stands Tall
a mother’s journey, a daughter’s transition
(Full exhibit includes 42 pieces of art with narrative, 155 linear feet of wall space)

Gender Identity, Cultural Expectation
Purple
Boy in Box
Girl in Box

Early Years
If You Pray God Will Heal Him
Boy Queen
Waiting
School Yard
Why Not Mary?
Dancing Hair
Boy with Long Beautiful Hair
Audrey Elizabeth Bacall

Alone
Ancestor Watch
Hoodie Shell
Lost Brother
Family Portrait
Invisible

Sadness
My Child Saw Me Weep (3)

Two-Spirit Culture
Berdache

Judgments
Where May I Pray?
Gentle Man in Silk
Woman with Blue Collar Hands
Woman Dreamer
Man Dreamer

Facing the Fear
Carnival Lady
Mercedes
Evon
Gizzy
We Seek Acceptance in the Kingdom of God

Transition
Cross to Bear
Your Legs Will Never Do
Adam’s Apple
Maybe, too late for Me
My Body, My Business
My Eyes Will Always Be Blue

Acceptance
The Bouquet

Legal Processes
Gender Marker
Naming Ceremony

Joy of Existence
Two Spirit Man
Two Spirit Woman
An Iris Stands Tall

Art pieces are rendered in graphite, charcoal, oil pastel or combination on paper.
Art work completed from 2014 to 2016

asabaterart.com
artwork.aks@gmail.com

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An Iris Stands Tall
a mother’s journey, a daughter’s transition

The Journey
(exhibit includes 32 pieces of art with narrative, 122 linear feet of wall space)

Gender Identity, Cultural Expectation
Purple
Boy in Box
Girl in Box

Early Years
If You Pray God Will Heal Him
Boy Queen
Waiting
School Yard
Why Not Mary?
Boy with Long Beautiful Hair
Audrey Elizabeth Bacall

Alone
Ancestor Watch
Hoodie Shell
Lost Brother
Family Portrait
Invisible

Sadness
My Child Saw Me Weep

Two-Spirit Culture
Berdache

Judgments
Where May I Pray?
Gentle Man in Silk
Woman with Blue Collar Hands
Woman Dreamer
Man Dreamer

Facing the Fear
Carnival Lady

Transition
Cross to Bear
Your Legs Will Never Do
Maybe, too late for Me
My Body, My Business
My Eyes Will Always Be Blue

Acceptance
The Bouquet

Legal Processes
Gender Marker
Naming Ceremony

Joy of Existence
An Iris Stands Tall

Art pieces are rendered in graphite, charcoal, oil pastel or combination on paper.
Art work completed from 2014 to 2016

asabaterart.com
artwork.aks@gmail.com

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An Iris Stands Tall

a mother’s journey, a daughter’s transition

An introduction to the journey
(exhibit includes 25 pieces of art with narrative, 95 linear feet of wall space)

Gender Identity, Cultural Expectation
Purple

Early Years
If You Pray God Will Heal Him
Boy Queen
Waiting
School Yard
Why Not Mary?
Boy with Long Beautiful Hair
Audrey Elizabeth Bacall

Alone
Ancestor Watch
Hoodie Shell
Lost Brother
Invisible

Sadness
My Child Saw Me Weep

Two-Spirit Culture
Berdache

Judgments
Where May I Pray?
Gentle Man in Silk
Woman with Blue Collar Hands

Facing the Fear
Carnival Lady

Transition
Cross t