Paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Cobi Moules exploring ideas of adventure, inclusion and self-worth, Moules incorporates multiple portraits of himself into a series of natural landscapes.
The locations depicted in each composition are based on paintings from Hudson River School and are part of a broader reflection on the institution and accompanying religious ideology that played such an integral role in Moules’ formative years. In his words:
“As a queer and trans person, I seek to renegotiate my relationship with this upbringing and the act of being told I am unnatural through such a Christian lens. I utilize traditional representation as a way of seeking inclusion while disrupting the original narrative. Creating a space for personal significance and a queer and trans presence, the importance becomes the experience of my multiple and overall presence. It is a community of me playing, exploring my selves, exploring nature and being part of it.”