Untitled, from Butch/Femme
1995, Trista Sordillo

Artist Statement
Trista Sordillo

These photographs were taken mostly in Santa Cruz and San Francisco while I was going to school at UCSC. The pieces are part a larger body of work entitled the "Lesbian Visibility Series", which was started as an attempt to document and honor my immediate and extended lesbian community of friends. I see this project as lifelong.

Since moving to the Northeast, I have noticed that I have a harder time capturing the vulnerability and spontaneity that seemed to come more easily in California. Perhaps it is because I am older and so are most of my friends or perhaps it does have something to do with living in New York City versus the Bay area. I find that in general the lesbians I've met here are more protected and less idealistic as we seemed to be (which also could have to do with my having been in a younger crowd). Perhaps I have become a bit more this way myself, which may be apparent in my more recent work, which has been more of solo portraits of friends, where the sexuality is not necessarily apparent or at the forefront of the image. But I think the remaining theme is much the same, I find myself always coming back to attempting to capture a moment of intimacy, a moment of vulnerability.

Untitled, from Butch/Femme
1995, Trista Sordillo

Biography
Trista Sordillo

I'm currently working as a graphic designer in New York City and most recently have been getting involved in building and designing websites. My works have appeared in Breastplates, a calendar benefiting breast cancer research, SF Sphere, City on a Hill, Butch/Femme (Crown Publishers, 1995), and on the cover of Sappho küßst Europa (Querverlag GmbH, Berlin, 1997).

Untitled, from Butch/Femme
1995, Trista Sordillo

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