Jon Breeding

Solidarity, 2022

Mixed media, 18″ x 18″

I am currently working on a new series called Keeping Boxes. Keeping boxes are places where we store things that are sacred to us and need safe keeping. For decades, the lgbtq+ community kept hidden secrets and “superpowers” in these boxes, only revealing them when they knew it was needed, safe, or a benefit to themselves or others. In this series I hope to use symbols to reveal what the lgbtq+ community kept in their keeping boxes and how, why, and when they brought forth these items, stored so carefully for the common good of themselves are their community. By commingling symbols in these works, I also hope to bridge the generations of the lgbtq+ community by celebrating common themes of each and honor both their struggles and achievements.