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In the early 1980s the Naval Investigative Service was attempting to root out homosexual personnel from the US military. Through their investigation, agents became aware of the term “friend of Dorothy,” a common code used in the second half of the 20th century to refer to gay men. It is thought that the term originated with the famous character of Dorothy Gale, played by Judy Garland, in The Wizard of Oz.

Not knowing the history behind the phrase, the N.I.S agents were convinced that a real woman named Dorothy existed who was at the center of a massive ring of homosexual military men. In an attempt to expose these men, they launched a search for Dorothy.

This body of work re-imagines the world of Oz through the lens of that historical moment of confusion.

Surrender Dorothy
graphite on paper
25 1/2" x 19"
The Pink Brigade (In Violation of Directive 1332.14)
graphite, colored pencil and glitter on paper
19" x 25 1/2"
Queen of the Forest
graphite, colored pencil & glitter on paper
11 1/2" x 11 1/2"
2012
Heart's Desire
graphite, colored pencil and glitter on paper
11 1/2" x 15"
Safe House
graphite, colored pencil and collage on paper
11 1/2" x 11 1/2"
Rainbow Fighter
graphite, colored pencil, glitter and collage on paper
15" x 11 1/2"
Reversible Two-Man Tent
graphite and colored pencil on paper
11 1/2" x 11 1/2"
Gun of a Different Color
watercolor & acrylic on paper
30" x 44"
2012
Glitter Bombing the Wicked Forest
graphite, watercolor & glitter on paper
25 1/2" x 19"
2012
Glinda's Lantern
graphite & tempera on paper
11 1/2" x 11 1/2"
2012
The End
graphite & watercolor on paper
15" x 11 1/2"
2012
gas mask, rhinestones, sequins, Surrender Dorothy
rhinestones, sequins, glitter, acrylic paint and vintage gas mask
2012
Army Helmet, Munchkinland, Surrender Dorothy
acrylic, glitter, fake flowers, vintage army helmet
2012
Rainbow Fighter, Surrender Dorothy
fabric, wire, clay, acrylic paint
Canteen
canteen, clay, spray paint
Hideout
wood, hardware & audio
2012
What's Left Behind
bricks & paint
2012