Sydney Long is an artist from the DC Metropolitan area, currently living in Baltimore, Maryland. They earned their BFA in Illustration with a concentration in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Sydney’s work explores narratives of gender identity and sexuality within the science fiction genre. First explored through their love of fashion, Sydney crossed the concept of gendered fashion through a science fiction lens. Continuing to explore and deconstruct gender roles in fashion, their work addresses what kinds of fashion are inherently gendered and what that means when applied to non-human characters. Fashion can say so much about a person, Sydney’s work strives to show that limitless potential fashion can have.
Sydney’s work looks to foster more LGBTQIA+ narratives that are positive and hopeful for growing audiences. Their work generates from questions of: what does gender mean to androids, what does intimacy mean for androids, and how to visualize non-cisgender feminism in science fiction. Sydney’s current work addresses these questions with their ongoing android portrait series.