Completed: 30 Mar 2021
Dimensions: 594 x 841mm
Tools: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
In the Darkness Lies Thy True Self
Rise: Noir was created in tandem with Rise: Pride to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility (TDov) 2021. The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was chosen for this project due to its iconic status as a muscle car and its reference to the word "trans."
Both prints use limited colour palettes with the Noir version making use of black and gold - the most widely known colour scheme for this vehicle. As such, a night scene made the best use of the colour palette and creates a complimentary perspective in the trans experience. The night symbolises darkness, silence and isolation - feelings one might experience when coming to terms with themselves. The phoenix crossing the moon's path symbolises a transgender or non-binary person's perseverance to keep moving and forge their own path, even when faced with a harsh spotlight and judgement.