Alexis P. Morgan is creating trouble, art, and magic.
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Howdy and hello, y’all - and welcome to my Patreon!

I'm Alexis P. Morgan, writer, artist, troublemaking socialite, and an irreplaceable vagabond of these Internet streets.

Every ounce of drama, glam, and radiance that of my Leo Moon & Rising shows, but I make my home at Death, Sex & Taxes, which is a homage to my double stelliums in Scorpio and Capricorn. and this Patreon keeps all of my art, writing, and other creative exploits going across both the digital and offline multiverses.

Let’s talk about why you should stick around, eh?


My Artist Statement


If you’re here, that means you’re intrigued by my work and are curious to know more, which is where this sales page comes in. When you invest in an artist - through buying work, commissioning it, or simply investing other forms of capital into their ability to be seen & considered by a broader audience - you’re underlining the necessity of their vision, and saying that it has purpose, use, and meaning.

In order to do that, you have to know what the creative is about in their own words.

That's where my artist statement comes in ;)

The threads of my 18+ year body of interdisciplinary, creative and artistic works come together around two stanzas of poetry from my own hand: “My vocation is possibility./My work is a renaissance of my self.” When I write an essay or a poem, or create a piece of artwork, my philosophy of my work is geared towards refining and reshaping both my analysis of my subject as well as my embodied experience of it. This is true even if the end product is meant to relay a specific opinion or message. Since 2016, the nature of the creative projects has slowly shifted axes from catharsis to joy. Rather than highlighting the tragedy of my subjects (including myself), or engaging in a dissection of their tragedy without resolution, my work now focuses on applying this clarifying and transmutative dynamic to envisioning the future by affirming pleasure, peace, and embodied awareness.

My visual art is primarily digital, focused on collage techniques and on replicating and mimicking natural mediums, and my preferred written genres are non-fiction and poetry. In both disciplines, I enjoy asking questions about the quality + nature of relationship, the nature of relating, the nature of space, and power dynamics. My writing style is heavily influenced by the precise lucidity of James Baldwin’s analysis of Black personhood within a national & international context, Audre Lorde’s fecund and luscious poetry as well as her concept of biomythography, and the theological and ethical threads woven into Octavia Butler’s Afrofuturist science fiction. In my visual art, my primary influences are Mickalene Thomas’ use of queer materials and queer imagery in her painting and collage, the surrealist, Indigenous qualities of Frida Kahlo’s works, the grounded but futurist qualities Jeff Manning vision, Basquiat’s movement and use of channelled, focus energy, and the organic vivacity of Wangechi Mutu’s sensual, supranatural collages. The qualities of relationship and space within the works of Lorna Simpson, Douglas Hale, and Krista Franklin challenge me to be more strategic, and I appreciate the use of color as a primary means of relating narrative by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Amy Sherald. I also look to Coptic and Neocoptic art, abstract expressionism, Mexican Milagros charms, the Artibonite & Centre d’Art d'Haïti schools of Haitian art, as well as folklore and mythology when I work.

By capitalising on the digital mediums and tools available to me, I take my process one step further, allowing me to bring my work directly to a wide variety of people via social media who might otherwise be overlooked or excluded by gatekeepers in my creative industries. This direct-to-audience delivery allows my creativity to exist not purely as a product for profitable consumption, but as a means of engaging and shaping public discourse and culture-building. The result is that my viewership is able to undergo the same catalysing, perspective-shifting experience through my creative products, regardless of their affinity for me as a person or for my aesthetic.

Both the process and the end result are dialogue, be it internal or external, with the hope that said dialogue will strengthen and liberate our relationships, increase the possibilities we are making space for, and lead to a deeper insight into the nature of people, including one’s self, and empathy for their existence.

My visual art is primarily digital, focused on collage techniques and on replicating and mimicking natural mediums, and my preferred written genres are non-fiction and poetry. In both disciplines, I enjoy asking questions about the quality + nature of relationship, the nature of relating, the nature of space, and power dynamics. My writing style is heavily influenced by the precise lucidity of James Baldwin’s analysis of Black personhood within a national & international context, Audre Lorde’s fecund and luscious poetry as well as her concept of biomythography, and the theological and ethical threads woven into Octavia Butler’s Afrofuturist science fiction. In my visual art, my primary influences are Mickalene Thomas’ use of queer materials and queer imagery in her painting and collage, the surrealist, Indigenous qualities of Frida Kahlo’s works, the grounded but futurist qualities Jeff Manning vision, Basquiat’s movement and use of channelled, focus energy, and the organic vivacity of Wangechi Mutu’s sensual, supranatural collages. The qualities of relationship and space within the works of Lorna Simpson, Douglas Hale, and Krista Franklin challenge me to be more strategic, and I appreciate the use of color as a primary means of relating narrative by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Amy Sherald. I also look to Coptic and Neocoptic art, abstract expressionism, Mexican Milagros charms, the Artibonite & Centre d’Art d'Haïti schools of Haitian art, as well as folklore and mythology when I work.

By capitalising on the digital mediums and tools available to me, I take my process one step further, allowing me to bring my work directly to a wide variety of people via social media who might otherwise be overlooked or excluded by gatekeepers in my creative industries. This direct-to-audience delivery allows my creativity to exist not purely as a product for profitable consumption, but as a means of engaging and shaping public discourse and culture-building. The result is that my viewership is able to undergo the same catalysing, perspective-shifting experience through my creative products, regardless of their affinity for me as a person or for my aesthetic.

Both the process and the end result are dialogue, be it internal or external, with the hope that said dialogue will strengthen and liberate our relationships, increase the possibilities we are making space for, and lead to a deeper insight into the nature of people, including one’s self, and empathy for their existence.


Why Patreon?


In a contemporary art world where the gaze, thoughts, and commercial profitability of white men are prejudicially favoured in order to serve a broader capitalist fuckshow, I am looking to step outside that realm while still making a damn good living.

Community-driven, rather than wealthy individuals-driven, patronage in the traditional model is a way to overcome not only gatekeeping, but also the financial insecurity + inequality that gatekeeping creates.

While no platform is perfect, I want to use the tools I have available to me to my benefit, in order to create and open up possibilities for other creatives and artists through my example, too.

Patreon primarily funds the creation of *all* my public + private intellectual labor. This includes the entire timeline process of creation: the conditions that allow me to function (i.e., rent + food + body care), the necessary research + thinking time, the actual creation, and the production and promotion of final project(s). I can and often am consistently prolific, but I have ongoing chronic health issues (hormonal + neurological) that limit my capacity for certain types of activities. This means that regularly selling prints of my work in the way that feels most coherent + in integrity to me (in terms of presentation, materials, and labor conditions for all involved) is not always optimal or something I can consistently deliver on, nor do I usually have the capacity to sustain the volume of an art-based business based would require. This is true for freelancing and commissions. Any income from my creative work is solely generated through this Patreon, book & zine sales, and one-of-a-kind prints of my work. Patreon is the bulk of that and important to my ability to continue to create.

Unfortunately, because Patreon is oftentimes compared to Kickstarter, there is also an expectation of rewards or exclusive content for becoming a patron for a lot of folx. When I first started my Patreon, I made the decision to not offer rewards both for my health, but also because I don’t like how it makes me feel. The world demands a lot from me as a queer, disabled Black femme, so I have to be particularly vigilant about my tendency to over-commit, over-give, and over-promise because I am also a very generous person, too. By not offering rewards, I am free to send my patron things when I am able and have it be a delightful gift, rather than something that feels heavy and that hampers my creativity because I'm afraid of burning out my bandwidth and struggling to meet my commitments. 

Patreon allows me to take plenty of time to work and create at my own pace, without having to push my body past its limits. It also allows me to build up - but not as heavily rely on - other means (financial & otherwise) of supporting myself + my body's needs.

How Does This Work?

  1. You make a sustainable, monthly pledge here on Patreon that fits your budget. You are charged on the 1st of every month.
  2. You are automatically added to my mailing list, through which is where all of my content is delivered to prevent Patreon from having my data *and* my intellectual property.
  3. You have access to all of my archived posts here, and to a password-protected page (password changes every month - message me via Patreon if you're a patron and need it) with my archived, organized newsletter links for as long as you are a subscriber.
  4. You will receive regular emails from me of output + work, curated content, etc.

What’s The Bottom Line?


This is history-making shit, my pal.

By embracing being at the forefront of revitalised, cooperative economics, you are helping me make the case for the relevance, power, and value of creative vision in an increasingly modernized, technologically-dominate society, where the democratic qualities of technology have the potential to truly make us a more interdependent, engaged, and soft society.

Investing in my art means creating a society where everyone benefits from - and can live out without violence - the idea that our vocation should center around the possibilities we free up to fulfill the work of a renaissance of our selves, wherein we become Ancestors.

I am but one person, but that idea truly is liberation work.


Other Ways You Can Show Support

If you’re unable to sustain a monthly contribution, or you want to do more, here are several important ways you can support my work:

  • Send me a one-time contribution via Paypal or Buy Me A Coffee (if you can’t use Paypal).
  • Share my work with friends, colleagues, and other people you know.
  • Repost, post, and interact with my work across social media. Tag me on those posts, too.
  • Offer up space for free to host a writer’s discussion or a showing of my art.
  • Suggest me as a guest on your favourite podcast or YouTube channel - or interview me on your own, or invite me as a paid speaker to your event.
  • Help me network professionally with other creatives and interesting communities - offer to make any introductions you think would be useful or interesting.
  • Let’s talk collaboration on a project!
Please feel free to reach out via my contact form at any time with requests, questions, or just a show of appreciation.


In Closing...


Thank you for being in community with me and affording me to be an opportunity of that vanguard without the stress, anxieties, or unpleasantries of living in a white supremacist, capitalist sh*thole as a Black woman creative.

That's fucking rad.

xo,
Alexis
Tiers
Thanks A Latte
$5 or more per month

When you pledge $5 a month, you're helping me to occasionally have a cup of coffee or go out on the town to tune into community and broaden my sources of inspiration.

A Bit O' Honey
$10 or more per month

When you pledge $10 a month, you're helping me to become more established + financially stable, and work towards covering my biggest professional & personal expenses, such as rent, my phone, and Internet.

Icing On The Cake
$25 or more per month

When you pledge $25 a month, you're helping me invest in my educational opportunities, pad out my savings, and obtain quality-of-life support (bodywork, grocery delivery, and assistant) to let me take it easier and put more quality time + effort into my creative work.

Reparative Patronage (Individuals)
$100 or more per month

If you're a white person who has means, pledging $100 a month helps further establish my financial security and deepen my peace of mind + bandwidth for creating.

Reparative Patronage (Biz/Organizations)
$250 or more per month

If you're a white person who has means, pledging $250 a month helps further establish my financial security and deepen my peace of mind + bandwidth for creating.

Take The Cake Benefactor
$500 or more per month

When you pledge $500 a month, you are creating opportunities for me to travel, have an independent studio, and to maintain my tools and technology.

Howdy and hello, y’all - and welcome to my Patreon!

I'm Alexis P. Morgan, writer, artist, troublemaking socialite, and an irreplaceable vagabond of these Internet streets.

Every ounce of drama, glam, and radiance that of my Leo Moon & Rising shows, but I make my home at Death, Sex & Taxes, which is a homage to my double stelliums in Scorpio and Capricorn. and this Patreon keeps all of my art, writing, and other creative exploits going across both the digital and offline multiverses.

Let’s talk about why you should stick around, eh?


My Artist Statement


If you’re here, that means you’re intrigued by my work and are curious to know more, which is where this sales page comes in. When you invest in an artist - through buying work, commissioning it, or simply investing other forms of capital into their ability to be seen & considered by a broader audience - you’re underlining the necessity of their vision, and saying that it has purpose, use, and meaning.

In order to do that, you have to know what the creative is about in their own words.

That's where my artist statement comes in ;)

The threads of my 18+ year body of interdisciplinary, creative and artistic works come together around two stanzas of poetry from my own hand: “My vocation is possibility./My work is a renaissance of my self.” When I write an essay or a poem, or create a piece of artwork, my philosophy of my work is geared towards refining and reshaping both my analysis of my subject as well as my embodied experience of it. This is true even if the end product is meant to relay a specific opinion or message. Since 2016, the nature of the creative projects has slowly shifted axes from catharsis to joy. Rather than highlighting the tragedy of my subjects (including myself), or engaging in a dissection of their tragedy without resolution, my work now focuses on applying this clarifying and transmutative dynamic to envisioning the future by affirming pleasure, peace, and embodied awareness.

My visual art is primarily digital, focused on collage techniques and on replicating and mimicking natural mediums, and my preferred written genres are non-fiction and poetry. In both disciplines, I enjoy asking questions about the quality + nature of relationship, the nature of relating, the nature of space, and power dynamics. My writing style is heavily influenced by the precise lucidity of James Baldwin’s analysis of Black personhood within a national & international context, Audre Lorde’s fecund and luscious poetry as well as her concept of biomythography, and the theological and ethical threads woven into Octavia Butler’s Afrofuturist science fiction. In my visual art, my primary influences are Mickalene Thomas’ use of queer materials and queer imagery in her painting and collage, the surrealist, Indigenous qualities of Frida Kahlo’s works, the grounded but futurist qualities Jeff Manning vision, Basquiat’s movement and use of channelled, focus energy, and the organic vivacity of Wangechi Mutu’s sensual, supranatural collages. The qualities of relationship and space within the works of Lorna Simpson, Douglas Hale, and Krista Franklin challenge me to be more strategic, and I appreciate the use of color as a primary means of relating narrative by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Amy Sherald. I also look to Coptic and Neocoptic art, abstract expressionism, Mexican Milagros charms, the Artibonite & Centre d’Art d'Haïti schools of Haitian art, as well as folklore and mythology when I work.

By capitalising on the digital mediums and tools available to me, I take my process one step further, allowing me to bring my work directly to a wide variety of people via social media who might otherwise be overlooked or excluded by gatekeepers in my creative industries. This direct-to-audience delivery allows my creativity to exist not purely as a product for profitable consumption, but as a means of engaging and shaping public discourse and culture-building. The result is that my viewership is able to undergo the same catalysing, perspective-shifting experience through my creative products, regardless of their affinity for me as a person or for my aesthetic.

Both the process and the end result are dialogue, be it internal or external, with the hope that said dialogue will strengthen and liberate our relationships, increase the possibilities we are making space for, and lead to a deeper insight into the nature of people, including one’s self, and empathy for their existence.

My visual art is primarily digital, focused on collage techniques and on replicating and mimicking natural mediums, and my preferred written genres are non-fiction and poetry. In both disciplines, I enjoy asking questions about the quality + nature of relationship, the nature of relating, the nature of space, and power dynamics. My writing style is heavily influenced by the precise lucidity of James Baldwin’s analysis of Black personhood within a national & international context, Audre Lorde’s fecund and luscious poetry as well as her concept of biomythography, and the theological and ethical threads woven into Octavia Butler’s Afrofuturist science fiction. In my visual art, my primary influences are Mickalene Thomas’ use of queer materials and queer imagery in her painting and collage, the surrealist, Indigenous qualities of Frida Kahlo’s works, the grounded but futurist qualities Jeff Manning vision, Basquiat’s movement and use of channelled, focus energy, and the organic vivacity of Wangechi Mutu’s sensual, supranatural collages. The qualities of relationship and space within the works of Lorna Simpson, Douglas Hale, and Krista Franklin challenge me to be more strategic, and I appreciate the use of color as a primary means of relating narrative by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Amy Sherald. I also look to Coptic and Neocoptic art, abstract expressionism, Mexican Milagros charms, the Artibonite & Centre d’Art d'Haïti schools of Haitian art, as well as folklore and mythology when I work.

By capitalising on the digital mediums and tools available to me, I take my process one step further, allowing me to bring my work directly to a wide variety of people via social media who might otherwise be overlooked or excluded by gatekeepers in my creative industries. This direct-to-audience delivery allows my creativity to exist not purely as a product for profitable consumption, but as a means of engaging and shaping public discourse and culture-building. The result is that my viewership is able to undergo the same catalysing, perspective-shifting experience through my creative products, regardless of their affinity for me as a person or for my aesthetic.

Both the process and the end result are dialogue, be it internal or external, with the hope that said dialogue will strengthen and liberate our relationships, increase the possibilities we are making space for, and lead to a deeper insight into the nature of people, including one’s self, and empathy for their existence.


Why Patreon?


In a contemporary art world where the gaze, thoughts, and commercial profitability of white men are prejudicially favoured in order to serve a broader capitalist fuckshow, I am looking to step outside that realm while still making a damn good living.

Community-driven, rather than wealthy individuals-driven, patronage in the traditional model is a way to overcome not only gatekeeping, but also the financial insecurity + inequality that gatekeeping creates.

While no platform is perfect, I want to use the tools I have available to me to my benefit, in order to create and open up possibilities for other creatives and artists through my example, too.

Patreon primarily funds the creation of *all* my public + private intellectual labor. This includes the entire timeline process of creation: the conditions that allow me to function (i.e., rent + food + body care), the necessary research + thinking time, the actual creation, and the production and promotion of final project(s). I can and often am consistently prolific, but I have ongoing chronic health issues (hormonal + neurological) that limit my capacity for certain types of activities. This means that regularly selling prints of my work in the way that feels most coherent + in integrity to me (in terms of presentation, materials, and labor conditions for all involved) is not always optimal or something I can consistently deliver on, nor do I usually have the capacity to sustain the volume of an art-based business based would require. This is true for freelancing and commissions. Any income from my creative work is solely generated through this Patreon, book & zine sales, and one-of-a-kind prints of my work. Patreon is the bulk of that and important to my ability to continue to create.

Unfortunately, because Patreon is oftentimes compared to Kickstarter, there is also an expectation of rewards or exclusive content for becoming a patron for a lot of folx. When I first started my Patreon, I made the decision to not offer rewards both for my health, but also because I don’t like how it makes me feel. The world demands a lot from me as a queer, disabled Black femme, so I have to be particularly vigilant about my tendency to over-commit, over-give, and over-promise because I am also a very generous person, too. By not offering rewards, I am free to send my patron things when I am able and have it be a delightful gift, rather than something that feels heavy and that hampers my creativity because I'm afraid of burning out my bandwidth and struggling to meet my commitments. 

Patreon allows me to take plenty of time to work and create at my own pace, without having to push my body past its limits. It also allows me to build up - but not as heavily rely on - other means (financial & otherwise) of supporting myself + my body's needs.

How Does This Work?

  1. You make a sustainable, monthly pledge here on Patreon that fits your budget. You are charged on the 1st of every month.
  2. You are automatically added to my mailing list, through which is where all of my content is delivered to prevent Patreon from having my data *and* my intellectual property.
  3. You have access to all of my archived posts here, and to a password-protected page (password changes every month - message me via Patreon if you're a patron and need it) with my archived, organized newsletter links for as long as you are a subscriber.
  4. You will receive regular emails from me of output + work, curated content, etc.

What’s The Bottom Line?


This is history-making shit, my pal.

By embracing being at the forefront of revitalised, cooperative economics, you are helping me make the case for the relevance, power, and value of creative vision in an increasingly modernized, technologically-dominate society, where the democratic qualities of technology have the potential to truly make us a more interdependent, engaged, and soft society.

Investing in my art means creating a society where everyone benefits from - and can live out without violence - the idea that our vocation should center around the possibilities we free up to fulfill the work of a renaissance of our selves, wherein we become Ancestors.

I am but one person, but that idea truly is liberation work.


Other Ways You Can Show Support

If you’re unable to sustain a monthly contribution, or you want to do more, here are several important ways you can support my work:

  • Send me a one-time contribution via Paypal or Buy Me A Coffee (if you can’t use Paypal).
  • Share my work with friends, colleagues, and other people you know.
  • Repost, post, and interact with my work across social media. Tag me on those posts, too.
  • Offer up space for free to host a writer’s discussion or a showing of my art.
  • Suggest me as a guest on your favourite podcast or YouTube channel - or interview me on your own, or invite me as a paid speaker to your event.
  • Help me network professionally with other creatives and interesting communities - offer to make any introductions you think would be useful or interesting.
  • Let’s talk collaboration on a project!
Please feel free to reach out via my contact form at any time with requests, questions, or just a show of appreciation.


In Closing...


Thank you for being in community with me and affording me to be an opportunity of that vanguard without the stress, anxieties, or unpleasantries of living in a white supremacist, capitalist sh*thole as a Black woman creative.

That's fucking rad.

xo,
Alexis

Recent posts by Alexis P. Morgan

Tiers
Thanks A Latte
$5 or more per month

When you pledge $5 a month, you're helping me to occasionally have a cup of coffee or go out on the town to tune into community and broaden my sources of inspiration.

A Bit O' Honey
$10 or more per month

When you pledge $10 a month, you're helping me to become more established + financially stable, and work towards covering my biggest professional & personal expenses, such as rent, my phone, and Internet.

Icing On The Cake
$25 or more per month

When you pledge $25 a month, you're helping me invest in my educational opportunities, pad out my savings, and obtain quality-of-life support (bodywork, grocery delivery, and assistant) to let me take it easier and put more quality time + effort into my creative work.

Reparative Patronage (Individuals)
$100 or more per month

If you're a white person who has means, pledging $100 a month helps further establish my financial security and deepen my peace of mind + bandwidth for creating.

Reparative Patronage (Biz/Organizations)
$250 or more per month

If you're a white person who has means, pledging $250 a month helps further establish my financial security and deepen my peace of mind + bandwidth for creating.

Take The Cake Benefactor
$500 or more per month

When you pledge $500 a month, you are creating opportunities for me to travel, have an independent studio, and to maintain my tools and technology.