“ I have a hard time believing that a God that is nothing but love would purposely create a creature inferior to another. It is impossible. I am equal to everything and anything that is around me — therefore, I must deal with it with so much respect and I must get that respect back. And I’m not going to explain the obvious and I’m not here to win I’m here to exist. For you to try to change me to make me more like yourself . .sit on this (shows middle finger) it’s just not gonna happen. I’m not defined by sex; I’m not defined by race; I’m not defined by a nationality — I’m Zoe. And I could have been a boy, I could have been a dog I just.. but I’m Zoe. I’m my mothers daughter I’m my fathers dughter and that is my . . how do you say it? . . That’s my biggest achievement in life. I know who I am. I love who I am. I like what I do, and I like how I do it. I like my mistakes and I like the pace at which I learn from my mistakes. I don’t want to be anybody else but me, and by knowing this, I want to continue figuring out who the f*ck I am.”
Ashley Mackenzie tackles complex questions about the relationship between mind and body, creating conceptual, illustrative works that stand at the cross-section of the philosophy of the mind and neuroscience. “As our knowledge of the brain becomes more comprehensive, it seems like the idea of the soul exists only in the gaps of our understanding,” Mackenzie writes on her website. Bodies melt like pools of liquid in these placid, sparsely-detailed illustrations as they visualize the inner workings of the mind.