Interview with My Gay Houston

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“…When asked why she thinks astrology is so popular in the LGBTQIA community, Janie’s response is disarmingly thoughtful. “I believe it stems from having this part of us that we were never taught about. In whatever form that hole may take, it left us lacking knowledge about ourselves that we must seek out on our own while others are born into a society built for them. Growing up, I was never taught about the existence of the LGBTQ or our rich history, so I had to seek out things like horoscopes to figure out why I am the way I am.”

Janie’s a champion of representation and visibility, portraying different body types, races, and gender identities in her art. Witchy and moody, her drawings blur the lines between creepy and erotic portrayals of the occult. Part tribal, part celestial, part medieval hagiography, JanieWhateva’s work is like what the 2018 Met Gala tried to do with their theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” crossed with a David Lynch-ian fever dream.”