Wildcrafting Our Queerness: Electric Dirt and the Queer Reappropriation of Appalachian History Part 1 (Update #6)

In my last post, I briefly explored the ways in which the structure and the material build of Electric Dirt called upon DIY aesthetics to create a non-centralized means of archiving the queer experience in Appalachia, even if academic institutions refuse to do so.  For this post, I will do an equally brief glimpse into […]

Wildcrafting Our Queerness: Electric Dirt and Anarchist Archiving (Update #5)

The outward face of the Queer Appalachia Project (@queerappalachia) is, without a doubt, their Instagram account (@queerappalachia). With an ever-increasing number of followers reaching into the hundreds of thousands, the group’s social media presence enables them to quickly disperse news, memes, art, etc. While my research for my upcoming honors thesis will focus very heavily […]

Wildcrafting Our Queerness: An Interview with Dustin Hall, Artist (Update #4)

Dustin Hall, St. Sebastiane, 2019, Acrylic on paper, photo from Instagram – @birdsdeadbutshesnot

Dustin Hall is a self-taught painter working out of Neon, Kentucky. In the past few years, he has a created a prolific body of work that engages multiple aspects of his identity–young, queer, Appalachian–while challenging established artistic assumptions regarding bodies, landscapes, figures, and abstraction.  Often painting on unconventional materials that are readily available to him, including […]