Alexis O'Hara, performance art, feminist artist, sound artist On Stands Now
Resonance and Rebellion: Alexis O'Hara

Alexis O’Hara sits across the table sipping tea and flips her long, wavy hair from one side to the other. In one instant, her look is feminine and chic. In the next, a deep side shave reveals a different facet of her presence altogether.

Her asymmetrical do isn’t that unusual, but when the server comes to the table and O’Hara turns her head, only the side shave is in view. The long waves are gone, and suddenly O’Hara’s drag king persona, Guizo LaNuit, is with us.

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