DENVER, CO., USA

DRAG ARTIST

@ODDLYYVIE

 

Q: How would you describe your art?

A: Equal parts an exploration of gender identity, fantasy, and the construct of ‘normality’ through colorful fashion and the stage.

Q: How did it start?

A: I was turned onto drag by watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, but when I turned 18 and went out into my local drag scene, I found myself disappointed by the lack of artistry and imagination I saw. I felt like I could really contribute something to the world of drag, and finally have my artistic voice heard.

Q: Can you describe your process?

A: It all starts with the spark of inspiration, which I usually draw from a specific color, feeling, animal, song. Then I hodgepodge elements from whatever pops into my stream of consciousness, editing ideas as I go, like a kind of process piece. Then I experiment to fill in the gaps until I feel a look or performance idea is ready to be debuted. My ideas are often incomplete and still changing even after I present them the first time.

Q: What are your hopes with what you do?

A: I do drag because it satisfies all of the interests and creative urges I had growing up - my obsession with the divine feminine, fashion, art, performance, and social experimentation. I honestly just hope to keep myself entertained, intrigued, and passionate for life. I hope that as long as I can do that, I can entertain others too.

Q: What makes you most happy, and why?

A: I’m happiest in life when I’m working to be happy. I’ve realized I’m never going to stay happy for very long in the moments people would expect: when I traveled the world, when I won Drag Race, when I got the call to be on. In those moments I actually found myself feeling somewhat hollow like, a porcelain doll with its smile painted on. But that discontent is what’s always driven me, because it’s the work I did and the life I lived to make those things possible that actually made me happy.

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