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She made it and kept it at home for a long time until she gained the confidence to display it. In the past, XXXora has also worked on a series on androgynous superstars.
Some of her biggest influences when she was young were the likes of Prince, Grace Jones, Marilyn Manson and Michael Jackson.
Xxxora has previously given her support to a campaign led by a group of intersex women.
Now, however, she has launched her own Silver Bo(x) Campaign, petitioning the UK Government to recognise those born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not fit the typical definitions of female or male, and to stop such infants undergoing non-consensual and irreversible surgery to "fix" their sex.
It is believed to be the first series of pieces exploring the role of the hermaphrodite in nature.
She will also be holding a regular film exhibition on the same theme at the Cinema Museum in south London from next month and will feature in an exhibition called Art for Youth at the Royal Academy of Arts in October. Rebecca Wilson, chief curator and director of artist development for the Saatchi Art website, on which XXXora is featured, says that her "works are arresting, challenging and have an urgency to them which is very powerful"."Art is a megaphone and a loudspeaker," says XXXora, explaining how it is critical to her campaigns.
Then there's her name – crafted around ideas of chromosomes, derogatory Spanish slang, and an inversion of the hardcore XXX symbol (which she tells me originated in the brewing industry as a sign of premium strength)."I hate pigeonholes," she says. For me, it is about finding archetypes and reclaiming words.
While she looked up to men who were "very feminised", she saw early on how society treated them."I remember as a child looking at newspapers and seeing Boy George described as 'Mr or Mrs Weird.' I thought, 'Fuck, that's me, I have to assimilate.' I thought no one would want me if they knew who I was.
A turning point came when I realised there were men who were attracted to me for who I was. Yet, there is still a huge taboo for those who choose to shun binary gender classifications.
But she always knew she did not fit into society's rigid male or female categories and refused major surgery to mould her body into either. "I don't want to morph into a blue or pink box; I want to stay in my silver box."These words stuck with me, especially because things were not always so simple.
XXXora was 25 when she decided she could no longer assimilate into society.