Mackenzie Eddy was born and raised in metro Detroit, and works there to today. She attended Central Michigan University, and joined a study abroad program with them in 2016 to Florence, Italy. She finished her degree at Oakland University, graduating in 2019 with a BA in Studio Art with a specialization in drawing.
My mixed media portraits depict figures who identify as transgender, nonbinary, genderfluid, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, or anything beyond male or female. I am inspired by the way these figures who exist outside of the binary have to carve out their own space to exist. Having no template for presentation, they build themselves and their aesthetic from scratch. Similarly, my pieces begin with a screenprint creating a foundation for me to build on in layers of drawing and painting. Evidence of each step of this process remains on the surface, creating a narrative of the portrait’s construction, echoing the construction of identity. The images and the process illustrate my own personal exploration of what it means to me to be queer. The figures are a surface on which I project my own confusion and discovery. By revealing the process, these pieces celebrate the exploration and reinvention of becoming yourself.