An artist must write their own bio in the third person, and Cassandra Harner is already familiar with thinking of herself in this way, performing as alter-egos in music, drag, and comedy. She is a draglesque performer named Dusty Bucket, and a self-absorbed piece of art-work, Kay-T Critiques. She's an illustrator of comics and pastel portraits. She spearheads a project called Drag News Ohio to uplift local performers in the LGBTQ community. She’s eager to do your emotional labor because she has never truly suffered. That is, to the extent society expects artists to suffer.
In the pastiche of Cassandra’s artistic practice, nothing is as fulfilling to her as when her work makes people laugh. Art shouldn’t always be gravely nodded at, from a safe distance. Being "serious" isn't the only way to make thoughtful and legitimate work, even when it's about body positivity, queer identity, pop culture, or capitalism. Or maybe, since she hasn't suffered enough as an artist, she has to make up for it in wig reveals.
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