x~Angel~x is an artwork by Connor Fitzgerald set in the fantasy world of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011-17) an ‘open world action role-playing video game’. The game's main story normally revolves around the player's avatar-based character, the Dragonborn, on their quest to defeat Alduin the World-Eater, a dragon who is prophesied to destroy the world. x~Angel~x explores a more unconventional path, paying attention to details of landscapes, water, trees, butterflies, flowers, wolves, spells, witches, wandering traders and the outfits x~Angel~x can wear.
Connor describes x~Angel~x; “this as a very queer artwork. It’s a reflection, a meditation of my past and present experience with gender expression and experimentation. Lots of my friends call me Angel as a nickname or second chosen name. I created x~Angel~x on a whim, I let the world of Skyrim guide x~Angel~x through its various landscapes – x~Angel~x follows her instincts.
Avatar creation and selection opened a space for play and expression of gender from a young age. Playing as the pretty and tall Lili in Tekken, to picking Princess Peach in Mario Kart and obsessing over Lightning from Final Fantasy 13 all laid the groundwork of what is x~Angel~x"