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Queer Body Offering

Michael Espinoza (they/them) is a non-binary, multi-racial, multi-disciplinary artist whose work embodies & embraces the undone artistic practices of Queer Ancestors lost to persecution, disease, fatal sadness, & closets. They are a member of the gallery co-op Carnation Contemporary in Portland, Oregon. Currently, their practice borrows strategies from embroidery, quilting, digital media, sculpture & photography to explore sex & sexuality, intersectional identities, intimacy, the body, & contact with the dead. They have previously exhibited live performance, site-specific installation, & video; their work can be found in public art collections, digital spaces, domestic & international group shows, & the many spaces intended for queer joy. Michael is building two new bodies of artifacts and photography-based fiber work ("snapshots for future lovers" spring 2024 & "Instant Gratification", fall 2024), both about loss, survival, sexual liberation and conspiring with ancestors towards queer futurity.

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Recent Exhibition

Other/Self with Allan Pichardo at Carnation Contemporary, Portland, OR. August, 2023

It's a Pleasure with Pepper Pepper & Nick Orr at Afru Gallery, Portland, OR. July, 2023.

The Queer Conscience at The Image Flow, San Anselmo, CA. June 3 - July 7, 2023

Breaking More Boundaries at Culture Lab LIC, Long Island City, NY, June 3-July 30, 2023

Friends of Dorothy at The Reser, Beaverton, OR, June 3 - July 22, 2023

A Joyous Grief: Molly Alloy & Michael Espinoza at Paragon Arts Gallery, Portland Community College, Cascades Campus. February-April, 2023

In Sickness & In Health. Curated by Genevieve Waller & Mary Grace Bernard. Group Show at the McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver CO. June, 2022.

Cascade AIDS Project Art Auction, “offering my body to Queer Ancestors for their purposes”. April 9, 2022, Portland, OR.


Portland Textile Month. Pop-up with Uplifted Gallery, 5404 SE 72nd Ave., Portland, OR. October 23, 2021.


Bound: a ritual for Queer Ancestors lost to AIDS. Video installation for Vicki Myhren Gallery, Denver, CO. Presented on Dec. 1, 2020 in recognition of World AIDS Day.


How to Survive a Plague, (latex condoms, latex, embroidery. 2020) New sculptural work in the group show MASK for Vicki Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver. Denver, CO. September 17-November 30, 2020.


A Place/Un Lugar Video installation for Museo de las Americas (Denver, CO), June 2020.

queer burials: Jean Genet, Leslie Feinberg, Michel Foucault, Walt Whitman. Risk/Reward presents PAVEMENT, a pop-up performance art festival, August 4, 2018, Portland, OR.

Reassurances I & II. Self Care: a group show about living beyond depression. November 2017, Ford Gallery, Portland, OR.


I Am A Spiritual Being Because Of My Queerness. Queer Trans & Gender Variant Ancestors Project with Edgar Fabián Frías. Video, 2021.

Rooftop Ritual, 2019, Portland, OR in collaboration with immersive VR technology, featuring Pepper Pepper,



Perverse Bodies, edited by Genevieve Waller for Femme Salée (Denver, CO/New Orleans, LA), winter, 2021. Features a print version of the video Bound: a ritual for Queer Ancestors lost to AIDS.

Mirror, Mirror, a digital zine published by Union Hall Gallery, Denver, CO. March, 2021.



We are having this conversation now, yesterday & tomorrow. Interview with Adie Steckel at Variable West. 2023


Gay Guru Live interview with Brian Madigan. March, 2023.

YouTube Live Presentation of Queer Trans & Gender Variant Ancestors Project with Edgar Fabián Frías, August 2, 2021.

Lecture: Emptiness in the work left undone by Queer Artists lost to AIDS. Presented in recognition of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2020 fro Vicki Myhren Gallery at University of Denver.

Artist Panel with MASK creators for the University of Denver, November 5, 2020.

Reviews of MASK at Vicki Myhren Gallery: The Denver Post, October 13, 2020; DGO Magazine (Durango, CO), October 28, 2020


Interview, a conversation with Museo de las Americas for the installation of A Place/Un Lugar, June 2020

Interview, The Queer Spirit podcast with Nick Venegoni. April, 2020

Live Reading: The Faggots and their Friends Between Revolutions by Larry Mitchell, Anchoress Syndicate via Instagram Live, March 30, 2020.

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