Chosen Family, Chosen Name, Separatist, Safe Space, Expat, Invert, Homophile, Homestead

This work’s title is an assemblage of diverse strategies and terms that LGBT and other marginalized people have used over generations to mark the labor of making and naming home. Sca olding operates here as a material metaphor for social constructions broadly. Cordial glasses further call to mind shared spaces where people come together to socialize. Ribboned text from the laser-cut marquetry bar top pro- nounces “We Must Take Ecstasy,” citing the conclusion of queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz’s nal book Cruising Utopia, in which the operative word is “Take” and the obligation of the communal “We” is to actively construct for ourselves a commitment to ecstatic expe- rience as a tool to work towards a utopic future.

laser marquetry, poplar bar rail, plywood, lumber, sca old, cordial glasses, velvet dress, velvet stanchions, coasters 54”h x 42”w x 120”l