Tatum Elizabeth creates transformative body-centered art.
The collage process serves as an exercise of trauma healing, where Tatum takes
triggering sexualized imagery and transforms them into celebrations of the body.
"My collages bring light to the heaviness of trauma. I was experiencing flashbacks, dissociation and was sometimes triggered by sexualized imagery. The local gas station sold pornographic magazines so I bought them. I brought them home, I cut them up, rearranged, and made them into something new. I made them sometimes funny, sometimes pretty, but I made them safe. I exercised control over them, but it was control within the parameters of what was in front of me.
Collage is an exercise of agency, reminding me that while I cannot change the trauma of the past, I can choose how I create my future."