LJ Roberts, Carry You With Me: Ten Years of Portraits

On the occasion of LJ Roberts’s exhibition and publication Carry You With Me: Ten Years of Portraits, Pioneer Works joins the artist in their Brooklyn studio for a look into the process behind their long-term, ongoing project: 26 six-by-four-inch embroidered portraits of friends, collaborators, and lovers within New York City’s queer and trans communities. As much a tribute to the subjects as they are to the public and private places that provide safe spaces for vital exchange, these embroideries illustrate how politics, culture, and identity manifest in both visible and subtle ways through encounters in daily life. ♩