Understanding and Counseling the Homosexual, erasure drawings, 2015.
This project allowed participants to create erasure poems and and mixed-media drawings with the 1967 text, Understanding and Counseling the Male Homosexual. The book, written by psychiatrist Stanley E. Willis, intends "to free the homosexual of his underlying neuroses and to help him utilize his potentials to the fullest." Language throughout the text is discriminatory towards gay men, often referring to homosexuality as a moral defect. Through the process of erasure, participants were able to create new narratives from the hateful language of the past.
Works created at the Rollins College Day of Silence Event, April 17, 2015