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Image: Ria Brodell, Olga Nikolaevna Tsuberbiller, 1885-1975, Russia, 2014, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Kayafas
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Ria Brodell: Devotion at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Widespread acceptance of, or at least acquaintance with, nonbinary sexuality has arrived with almost whip-crack speed. Not to belittle the struggle that still exists, but five years ago, the idea that most of Middle America would watch a TV show starring a former Olympic men’s track and field champ now living her truth as a Beverly Hills divorcee would have been unthinkable. For some, the freedom to create one’s identity from scratch is both exhilarating and terrifying. For trans artist Ria Brodell, it’s a process of imagination underpinned with rigorous research. In Brodell’s show Devotion at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Winter Park, a series of portraits dubbed Butch Heroes uses the format of Catholic holy cards to represent …
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