ARTIST: DORIAN KATZ A.K.A. POPPERS THE PONY

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Artist Statement

I have been drawing and writing as my alter ego, the character Poppers the Pony for over ten years. In some ways this means whenever you see a pony in high femme drag here, she is a self portrait. Poppers’ drawings handle adult themes through cartoony and often childlike tropes populated with animal, human and hybrid characters.  The characters stem from historical milieus and conflate histories and archetypes, literary and art historical references, invented narratives and scientific data on animal sexuality and gender behavior. The drawings I’ve sent you are her memories of interspecies sex parties and figure drawing portraits of friends.

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The drawings are all from a project called 120 days of Sodomy/Art Practice Makes Art Pervert. On January 1st 2017, I began making one drawing a day to post on social media for 120 days. I’m still making these drawings today. The first 120 are archived on https://twitter.com/120daysofsodomy To get in touch with me or see more of my art: https://www.instagram.com/poppers_the_pony/

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“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

~Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist (1891)

I’m a proud Oscar WIlde fan, which I don’t need to explain and won’t argue for on a queer art site. Through him, I’ve learned to have a semi-coherent justification on why there should be more lying in art (see the Decay of Lying, hell-oo!). And by this lying that is masking that is invention, culture-making and fiction, I get to be more fully myself. I get to play and be who I want in my drawings. And so do you.

The kind of mask I wear to make my art and exist on paper is not a balaclava. My balaclava is beneath the colorful, hairy, sexy, humorous and adorned mask. The balaclava is the mask we wear to steal from the rich and give to the poor. It’s the mask of freedom fighters– of Pussy Riot and Antifa.

On top of my balaclava I place the mask that is my animal self I am growing in to. I’ve been working as Poppers the Pony for over 10 years. I’ve been drawing and utilizing drawing as performance, as character development, as goals of a kinder and braver self me. Poppers the Pony is my alter ego. On top of the balaclava She is who I am wearing. Come play with me. Wear something enchanting, my beauties.

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You can explore further works by Dorian Katz/Poppers The Pony here:

 

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