Dysphoria as a Manifestation: Volume I (2017)

Acrylic Yarn, Crochet, Thread

Dysphoria as a Manifestation: Volume II (2017)

Cotton Ecru Yarn, Crochet, Nails

During the crux of my transition, living openly as a trans woman of color in Chicago I would continually be stared at and harassed, especially in public transport. In these instances, I began to pull out a ball of yarn and crochet to combat the gaze. In addition, I would crochet to represent the amount of time I felt dysphoric in my gender and body. Crochet represents a chronology of time, in that each loop represents a continuation of time. Hesitation manifested in chain stitches, I carried the continuation of the crochet projects in my bag, every day for three weeks each. The manifestation into a form was their final result. 

© Aliya V Parashar

 Fibers and Materials

BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago

MA/MFA Candidate California College of the Arts