In Dante Alighieri’s epic poem, Inferno, Dante travels through a hell of his own construction, unscathed, but wiser at the end of his journey.

Having spent most of my upbringing in an extremist church, I’ve been drawn to Dante’s vivid descriptions of eternal damnation ever since I first read the poem as an English Literature student. Due to the messages and indoctrination I encountered in my childhood and adolescence, I have often pondered the existence of hell and have feared for my own damnation.

This current work-in-progress is a re-imaging of what hell might be like, should I be damned. Using Dante's words as a road map, I am reimagining his Inferno and applying it to my own perceived sins. Using constructed imagery, landscapes, and a mix of drawing and collage, I am pondering a few questions: What would my journey through hell look like? What are the punishments for my sins, especially as a queer, purity-culture dropout? And, most importantly, how do I break these punishments down and banish them from my psyche and celebrate who I have become?

This is a WIP, check back periodically for updates. 

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