Tatum Elizabeth is a southwest artist, born and raised in Arizona and currently residing in Arvada, Colorado. She began collaging from pornographic magazines as a form of trauma healing 6 years ago. Her first exhibition of analog collages was in in 2016, and she co-organized and hosted two small art events in 2018. That same year she used Youtube and Lynda tutorials to learn Photoshop and move to digital collage. Tatum has used the source materials of pornographic and nude imagery to cut, rearrange, and recreate. This process allows her to exercise agency over images that may be triggering.
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 is a vital part of deciphering how she gathers source material today.
Tatum uses this work as a vehicle to raise money and awareness for survivors of sexual assault.