Trans dans looks to both the eroticization of objects while simultaneously expanding into the possibility of empathy for and the agency of inanimate vessels. This project addresses the expansive properties of "trans" whether we speak to culture, biology, agency, spirituality or language. The physical nature of the work (how two dimensional materials communicate with and seduce the third dimension) ties a thread to the charm of readily available mediums, such as those intended for mass communication, domestic beauty and usage, and especially textiles. The photographic work centers on affect in states of relaxation and the desire to be "seen."
Melissa Steckbauer is the director and founder of the experimental project space, The Wand in Berlin, a member of the collaborative ƒƒ, and a freelance writer for Berlin Art Link. Her work has been featured in Castello di Rivoli—Museum of Contemporary Art, Rivoli; KW, Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Le Salon Du Dessin, Paris; Western Exhibitions, Chicago; District, Berlin; and Hasted Kraeutler, New York. She is currently Revue-magazine's featured artist.