Bodyguards for Her, by David King, 2002. (From the "Air Goddesses" series.) Collage on paper, 8 1/4" x 7 1/4"

About the Featured Art

by Suzanne Fowler Palmer

How do you "talk about sex" and not show any sex? Our Art Editors looked for artwork that could join the conversation, talking in an intimate way about sexuality and personal experience, as the articles do. They hit the jackpot with collage artist David King of San Francisco, whose work explores his response to sexuality, spirituality, and HIV (he has been HIV-postive for 20 years) through the process of choosing, cutting, and juxtaposing images of men and women exercising, ballet dancers, divers, scientists, pilots, and lace doilies. "Growing up gay in a heterosexual world is to wonder where our emotions fit, and to constantly translate and or reinterpret the images we see around us," he says. "Though I was raised in a Catholic family, icons of Christianity have no power to connect me with the larger reality I believe is beyond the world we live in. So I've created my own icons of faith. My angels and goddesses are the saints that help guide me on my journey."

David's collages have been shown in Europe and much of the U.S. He is proud to be participating in the exhibit Visual Aid at 16, opening April 15 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. More of his work and information can be found at

Feats of Magic #7, 2003. Collage on paper, 4 3/4" x 4 1/2".

Bringing Us Home, 2002. (From the "Air Goddesses" series.) Collage on paper, 8" x 8".

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