Work in Progress Original, 2021

Portrayal of the ongoing challenges for the LGBTQ+ community - Oil Painting

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Skyler Bonolo
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Work in Progress Original

Portrayal of the ongoing challenges for the LGBTQ+ community - Oil Painting

Defying traditional pride artwork, this creation portrays the LGBTQ+ flag crumpled and folded, symbolizing the ongoing challenges faced by the community. It serves as a poignant reminder of the need for LGBTQ+ individuals to conceal their identity due to societal scrutiny and ridicule. Aptly titled "Work in Progress," it encapsulates our continuous journey towards acceptance and equality.

* This creation has an inner frame

Skyler Bonolo


Jewelry Design

Graduation Year



United States


Growing up in Queens, Skyler was curious about his identity and searched for creative ways to express his journey of discovery. The challenges faced and lessons learned on his journey later became the inspiration for his design.

“As a trans man, my identity has allowed me to see the world through a unique lens. I sometimes feel like I have lived two different lives, one as a woman and another as a man. But I now understand myself as someone who has found comfort in his own skin. I do not feel the need to hide or hate who I was before, because that person was still me and deserves gentleness.”


Measurements (Width X Height X Depth)

8 X 6 X 1 in

20.32 X 15.24 X 2.54 Cm


1 lb

0.45 Kg


Oil Paint, Canvas

In order to create these paintings, I took reference from pride flags I owned and crumpled them up in different ways. Once I found the flag in a position I liked, I sketched it out on the canvas accordingly. When I was painting, I began to understand the intricacies and challenges of painting fabric. I really enjoyed painting the various colors and am pleased with the outcome on such a small canvas.
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