My recent interdisciplinary work is “serious play” (to use Donna Haraway’s term). While researching critical theories of identity formation (particularly those of Judith Butler and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick), I recognized that the abstract concepts described in those texts—such as fluidity, viscosity, layering, and encryption—are each formal aspects in visual art. Through my own translation of this language into my image-making process, I have been working with moments of transition and transformation involving male-identified bodies. Such instances include representations of figures emerging from water, bodily forms obscured and distorted by layers of material and digital process, and the ecstatic state-change from being human to being a vampire. I analyze and fantasize about desire in my work while underscoring the notion that desire—like identity formation and image-making—is subject to translation, adaptation, and, ultimately, change.