Jonah Welch is a transgender and non-binary artist making abstract work that attempts to place trans people within the tradition of the occult. Using the line drawn by hand, Jonah attempts to make non-binary identity archetypal. They reference mythology, and the history of trans embodiment within hermetic alchemical practices, and depict non-binary embodiment in particular as an expression of a long human lineage.
Culturally, we have an understanding of the divine feminine and masculine, but what of divine androgyny? It is the paradigm to shift all paradigms, wherein one human is free to expand endlessly.
Jonah's art gestures towards personal empowerment rather than power. It celebrates the sacredness of trans life and the melancholy of experiencing social stigma. It upholds anti-assimilation and fearlessness at the edge of life and death as pathways to freedom.