Tatum Elizabeth is a southwest artist creating work that celebrates the body as a form of trauma healing. Born and raised in Arizona, she currently resides in Denver, Colorado.
She began collaging from pornographic magazines in 2015, and participated in her first exhibition of analog collages in 2016.That same year she used Youtube 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 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.