No Honor, No Heart is a zine that compiles redacted personal e-mails from a dispute with a former partner, a copyright lawyer, over access and ownership of images of the artist’s own nude body. The text that remains is an experimental visual poem that makes visible the tension and bitterness that explodes when the trenchant power dynamics of heterosexuality are challenged. The zine accompanied the exhibition Together, But Separate at the Center for Visual Arts: Toledo (2018).
Through photography, sculpture and installation I disassemble codified systems of power that inhibit the connection between individuals and communities. I am drawn towards people and places whose identities are largely self-made. In these I find evidence of a deeply exercised freedom of imagination that is as much a tool for survival as it is an embodiment of the resilience of the creative force. My images act as antithesis to estrangement. Through intimacy we transcend the chasm that disconnects us from one another and our own inner-dialogue, fundamentally reshaping entrenched patterns of power and oppression. - Rowan Renee