Hi, I’m Marilyn Roxie. I am a video artist and experimental photographer. I explore queer genders and sexualities through the lenses of abstraction and the found image. I’m also the founder of Creative Commons netlabel Vulpiano Records, and a non-binary advocate.
Currently, I attend San Francisco State University, set to graduate with a major in Studio Art with an emphasis in Digital Media and Emerging Technologies and a minor in Sexuality Studies. I have previously completed San Francisco Sex Information‘s 60+ hour Sex Educator Training program and have an Associate of Arts degree from City College of San Francisco in LGBT Studies and Library Information Technology.
My studies and personal projects involve a mixture of analog and digital techniques, including 35mm photography, digital photography, video art, and collage. Androgynous models, flowers and landscapes, dolls, toys, and virtual worlds are recurring images in my work. I frequently delve into what is available for adaptation in the public domain and Creative Commons sphere to utilize in my art.
My music video for Neurotic Wreck’s “Funeral of Roses” was shown at Artists’ Television Access and the Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery at San Francisco State. A collaboration between Neurotic Wreck and myself, “Obsidian Offerings” was shown at Coil exhibition CHAOSTROPHY at LUDWIG in Berlin June 17th through July 24th 2016.
As a teenager, I had delved into visual art by experimenting with Adobe Photoshop. I drew by mouse and tried out various brushes and effects. You can see this early work here. Many of these images have an abstract quality and common themes are monsters, birds, and patterns. Digital photography has been a hobby since my late teens when I became yearbook photographer for my high school and acquired my first digital camera. On the side, I began taking snapshots of landscapes and interiors until I refined my areas of special interest.
My own musical interests initially developed through a childhood love of Kraftwerk’s Computer World, playing the keyboard, and learning to play the video game soundtrack tunes of Koji Kondo and Nobuo Uematsu by ear. Through my teen years, I used a variety of guides to shape my interests and help in my quest to find music. The Last.fm and Rate Your Music communities and 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die proved particularly influential. I have contributed extensively to the Rate Your Music Ultimate Box Set project since its inception, making definitive genre playlists for post-Punk, coldwave, vaporwave, and mod.
I started the music blog A Future in Noise in 2008 as a place to store my thoughts on music and promote artists that I liked — particularly independent and unsigned artists — along with other team members. I released my own synth compositions 2008 through 2009, using a KORG Triton and Propellerhead Reason. I taught History of Rock Music and Beginning Piano workshops at my former high school around the same time. New compositions from me are in-progress and you can listen to previous work on Internet Archive. I would recommend my album New Limerent Object as a starting point.
I’ve been running the Creative Commons-based netlabel Vulpiano Records since November 2009. Artists from around the world have released works through Vulpiano, including Natural Snow Buildings, Calvin Markus, Neurotic Wreck, and Aseptic Void. All releases are hosted on Internet Archive, with select albums also available on Free Music Archive. A sampler of the label’s releases was featured on FMA’s front page in February 2016, which you can stream and download here.
Gender and Sexuality
In early adulthood, a number of factors collided to bring me closer to self-awareness: moving to San Francisco, my adoration of cross-dressing rock star Nicky Wire, a friend’s recommendation of Poppy Z. Brite’s writing, Kate Bornstein’s My Gender Workbook, Carol Queen and Lawrence Schmiel’s PoMoSexuals, and learning about a panoply of identities through connecting with others like me. I started my site Genderqueer and Non-Binary Identities in September 2010 as a place to host a design for the genderqueer flag I created and to share information about genderqueerness, covering definitions, a history of the term and associated communities, academic research, health information, and compilations of external genderqueer resources such as books and articles.
For more detail, my life experience told within the frame of gender and sexual identity is available on Genderqueer and Non-Binary Identities. I appear in Lonny Shavelson’s film Three to Infinity: Beyond Two Genders and I was photographed by Chloe Aftel for GenderQueer (2014), which has been featured in San Francisco Magazine, Huffington Post, and Slate.
I worked as Social Media Coordinator at Good Vibrations from fall 2015 through winter 2016. I was promoted from within after starting out as a Sex Educator / Sales Associate. I managed all Good Vibes social media profiles directly, created blog posts about top products and company news, and helped to promote Carol Queen and Shar Rednour’s book THE Sex & Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone.
I interned with the Center for Sex & Culture in varying capacities beginning in summer 2011, culminating with my role as Media Director in 2014. I discovered the Center through familiarity with Carol Queen‘s writing and work as Staff Sexologist at Good Vibrations. I had interviewed Queen at the Center in March 2011. You can read more about my experience there in a post at the CSC Tumblr. Serving as a combination of library tech, social media manager, and webmaster, I helped get the Center for Sex and Culture’s thousands of books indexed on Goodreads, revamped and migrated their website to the Tumblr platform, collaborated with others to create a gender, sex, and sexuality resource guide, and fundraised $2000 for CSC’s Grace Alley Mural project through social media.