Michael Espinoza (they/them) is a self-taught artist working in video, fiber, mixed media and performance. The major themes in their work include queer identity, Latinx heritage, healing, sex and the body; they draw their inspiration from the books and artworks of Queer Ancestors lost too soon to disease, persecution or fatal sadness. Michael debuted their first work of live performance at the Risk/Reward Pavement performance festival in Portland, OR (queer burials, 2018). Recent work includes experiments in embroidery: a COVID mask of embroidered condom wrappers (How To Survive a Plague, 2020) and and ongoing series of hand embroidered book portraits, bound stone images, and depictions of queer ephemera. Video projects include "Bound: a ritual for Queer Ancestors lost to AIDS", a ritual for queer artists on World AIDS Day (2020), and "A Place/Un Lugar", an exploration of how to create an altar for ancestors presented in Spanish and English (2020). Michael continues to build their body of work with the goal of mounting an exhibition about loss, survival, sexual liberation and conspiring with ancestors towards queer futurity.
Perverse Bodies, the Winter 2021 zine from Femme Salée. This edition features a print version of the ritual Bound: a ritual for Queer Ancestors lost to AIDS.
Bound: a ritual for Queer Ancestors lost to AIDS. Video insallation 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.
HOMOFAGSGIVING, community action, 2017-20, Portland, OR. Gathering for creating a collective focus for honoring queer ancestors.
I Am A Spiritual Being Because Of My Queerness. Queer Trans & Gender Variant Ancestors Project with Edgar Fabián Frías. Video, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=E_odT-hVgwo&feature=youtu.be
Rooftop Ritual, 2019, Portland, OR in collaboration with immersive VR technology, featuring Pepper Pepper, http://thepepperpepper.com/
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. https://femmesalee.com/perverse-bodies/
Mirror, Mirror, a digital zine published by Union Hall Gallery, Denver, CO. March, 2021. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c37e973f2e6b124526ae5c9/t/604bf7bd02cdbb1d9b61a1a2/1615591769426/Mirror+Mirror+Zine.pdf
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.
Interview, a conversation with Museo de las Americas for the installation of A Place/Un Lugar, June 2020 www.museo.org
Interview, The Queer Spirit podcast with Nick Venegoni. April, 2020 http://queerhealingjourneys.com/podcast/
Live Reading: The Faggots and their Friends Between Revolutions by Larry Mitchell, Anchoress Syndicate via Instagram Live, March 30, 2020.