Kristina E. Knipe's exhibition Talisman at Blue Sky Gallery makes the invisible - memory, desire, and dreams - visible. Their work offers details in excess - a rhinestone shimmering behind the wing of a dead cockroach, a cracked magnifying glass amplifies a passionflower, oxidation from a brass ring turns Antony’s finger green. To transgress the historic photographic ordering of society, Knipe embraces mess and its attendant spectacle. Queer ritual disrupts engrained hierarchies, rejecting outmoded classifications. In New Orleans, the altars, masquerades, and decadences create a visual and material excess that heals as it depletes. They adorn their sitters in our shared materials to create a transformative experience of pleasure.”