As I look back over the past 8 years I’m amazed at how something that began as an art therapy project has snowballed into this elaborate multi-media multi-disciplinary integrated art and music project I’ve named Borg Queen.
8 years ago I decided to get sober and that involved making some huge changes in my life which included leaving an abusive relationship. At the time I was working as a stripper after deciding the I just didn’t want to use my artistic abilities to make video games. I know, sounds like a cool job right? Well, it was OK, and definitely a great learning experience, but I just wasn’t passionate about it. So when my contract ended I fell back on my old stand by means of making money- exotic entertainment.
Some of you might be asking yourselves, isn’t exotic entertainment just a PC or elaborate way of saying stripper? Yes, and no, but for me as an artist and performer I really truly enjoy entertaining people, and getting naked honestly just isn’t that big of a deal to me. So for me, I consider my form of “Naked Halloween” to be exotic entertainment.
At that point in my life when this all began, I was just taking it “one day at a time” as the old recovery mantra goes, so I was just really grateful to be alive, free of abuse and sober. What I started to realize in my new sober state of mind was that my greatest educational experience was the lessons I was learning from being a strip…uh, I mean exotic dancer. No, seriously. Working in strip clubs has allowed me to study psychology, sociology, anthropology, business, economics, performance art and feminist studies all while making a decent wage.
I needed to do something to keep myself sane and sober between shows, so I decided to do a series of paintings based on the life lessons I was learning from my experiences as a dancer. What I didn’t expect that while I was spreading the paint across the canvas was that I would start to hear music and chain together lyrics. I hadn’t touched a music instrument in several years, but I dusted off my guitar and started writing songs again. I soon graduated to a USB keyboard and software synths. I named my little project Borg Queen because I love Star Trek and I felt that cyborgs are a great metaphor for what I do as an artist by merging organic and synthetic mediums.
Before I knew it I had written 10 songs and done 10 paintings! I’m calling this compilation of songs and paintings Sex, Drugs & Shiny Brass Poles. It’s been in the works for a long time now, but the end is in sight, productionwise anyway. So far, I’ve released a single and music video Lapdance Romance, and I’m really looking forward to the release of this album. I’m hesitant to give out any firm dates yet, but SOON…
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