The Rock We Landed On. 2020. Quincy Quarry. Performed by Jeff Jean Paul. Photographed by Basil El HalwagyThe Wave Away from Us. 2020. Quincy Quarry. Performed by Jeff Jean Paul. Photographed by Basil El HalwagyGatyam Maytag (Down and Forward). 2020. Quincy Quarry. Performed by Jeff Jean Paul. Photographed by Basil El Halwagy

Piridalil: 2018. Pir in Farsi means feather, and it also represents an elder, teacher, or guide in the Sufi tradition. When I started this project I felt it was going to be a project representing an idea of male beauty. It seems media today spends a great deal of time addressing the negative aspect of males in western society - their privileged and cultural aggression. But I think that is really a western problem. I want to make a suit that focuses on the beautiful parts of being male. In many cultures men are prominent as dancers and warriors and in plenty of examples the two art forms are conflated into one. Pir-i-Dalil to me represents the best qualities of men, including an inner beauty, an colorful order, and a heart as light as feathers.