Faerie is partially inspired by the work of Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick, relying on pictorialist themes involving painterly light, nature, and an otherworldly charm. Like Kahn, I have used natural materials to create the costumes as well as the makeup for the individuals in this series. "Fairy" is often a term synonymous with effeminate queer men, used in a derogatory manner, and generally serves as a way of establishing "others." Thus I am slightly altering the term as a way of both embracing and combating this "othering." By changing "fairy" into the more archaic version "faerie" we can undergo a transformation. We may still be strange and unusual to the heteronormative masculine eye, but now we can further embrace our otherness, our immortality and otherworldly charm as a people who exist in and out of time and society. We will always be peculiar, odd, and feared, but we are also as fantastical as Puck, Oberon, Ariel, the Fey of old.
"Captain of our fairy band,
Helena is here at hand;
And the youth, mistook by me,
Pleading for a lover's fee.
Shall we their fond pageant see?
Lord, what fools these mortals be!."
- Puck, A Midsummer Night's Dream
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