Virtual worlds like Minecraft can make us think about the changes we’d like to see in the real world. Cat Haines’ artworks in Minecraft explore a world where transgender people are given more control of their bodies and lives. She explores her identity and experiences as a trans woman, and makes us think about how cisgender people often look at and talk about transgender people in harmful ways. Through altered in-game paintings and writing on note blocks in her Minecraft world, Cat shares many very personal stories. One of these is a loving story about her relationship with her wife, and how their relationship both changed and stayed the same as Cat transitioned. While her artwork can teach people a lot about being transgender, it more importantly makes a space where transgender people can feel comfortable, safe, and in control- something that is often missing in the real world.
Cat’s Minecraft server for Ender Gallery https://ender.gallery/ will be on display from May-June 2021. This artwork explores mature themes; like with all artworks, parents/teachers may want to explore the artwork first and think about ways of discussing it with children/students ahead of time.