Tatum Elizabeth is a southwest artist creating work that celebrates the body as a form of trauma healing. Born and raised in Arizona, Tatum currently resides in Denver, Colorado.
Tatum began collaging from pornographic magazines in 2015, and participated in their first exhibition of analog collages in 2016. That same year Tatum used Youtube tutorials to learn Photoshop and move to digital collage.
Tatum has used pornographic and nude imagery to cut, rearrange, and recreate. This process is a cathartic exercise of agency over sexually triggering imagery.
It is a process which has raised questions about the ethics of the source material itself. This work has been a catalyst for exploring sexual abuse and trafficking, body politics of homogenous representation, and racist fetishizing all within the porn industry. This ongoing research into unethical vs ethical porn contributes to how she gathers source material today.
Tatum uses this work as a vehicle to raise money and awareness for survivors of sexual assault.