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First Friday | September 2017


Dylan Scholinski

  • Now 51 years old - Dylan resides in EVERGREEN, CO - is a distinguished artist, author, and public speaker
  • Dylan has appeared on 20/20, Dateline and Today, to discuss his experiences. He has been featured in a variety of newspapers and magazines.
  • Recently his award winning book (The Last Time I Wore a Dress: A Memoir - Penguin/Putnam) was listed in the Top 10 Must Reads in Out Magazines first transgender issue. His work not only portrays the anguish of his hospital years but also his ultimate triumph.
  • Dylan is the founder/witness for the Sent(a)Mental Project : A Memorial to Suicide as well as THE HAVEN YOUTH PROJECT where he frequently opens his studio to a variety of Denver metro youth, to provide safe and shame free space to explore and discover ways of expressing and empowering themselves without bringing harm to themselves or others.
  • He also spends much of his time working at the Jefferson County Open School or in his studio painting and creating zines - such as Freedom of Depression and Please Forgive Me For Judging You.

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an artist statement

In the past I have often found the center of much of my creative practice to be in creating and developing autobiographically transparent, emotional, and honest artwork that often deals with some level of suffering, emptiness, and humor. In addition, I have found a personal, spiritual, as well as creative practice involving the aesthetics of Wabi-sabi – a comprehensive Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection while finding the importance, value, and beauty in all that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. Characteristics of much of my work include: asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the limitless integrity of natural objects, emotions, and processes. While historically I have attempted to keep these practices separate – over time it has become apparent to me that there is no separation. In my more recent work I have been attempting to unite these practices, as well as these parts of myself. Nurturing all that I believe to be authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect – while realizing at the very same time – that everything lasts, everything is finished, and everything is perfect.


an artist bio:

Dylan Scholinski was born Daphne Scholinski. As a young girl growing up in the Chicago suburbs, she played first base in Little League and preferred drawing to playing with dolls. When she was 15 years old she was locked up in a mental hospital, diagnosed as "an inappropriate female", and spent the rest of her high school years undergoing extreme femininity training. At 18, her insurance ran out and she was discharged.

More info on Dylan can be found HERE

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