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ARTIST STATEMENT

In 2020, McGill found herself having conversations with friends regarding sexual abuse and sexual identity always circling back to spending their formative years immersed in the evangelical church’s purity culture: a strict stereotype based binary of gender and sexual control across religion, culture, and the globe. This inspired McGill to create a podcast asking people to share their stories, hear from experts, and collaborate in the healing process of art-making.

The conversations from the podcast, “Pure to Pieces,” examine how we construct and deconstruct our own belief systems, learning how to hold two truths at once. Many of us were raised to think in black and white, right and wrong, good and evil. This work reflects the artist's story as well as the stories of over 60 people she interviewed over the course of 2 years. The project not only allowed the artist to transform her mindset and accept the freedom to embrace an evolving truth, but many others used the platform to come out in their sexual identity, to expose and emerge from their history of abuse and harm, and to replace the shame that insults our souls with the brilliance of self-respect and love. McGill learned that it is each of our duties to "come out” to and for ourselves no matter the cultural or religious dogma at play and by doing so, bring a sacredness and beauty to the world that is each of ours to give.

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