I know it’s been an unfeasibly long time since my last post, for which I make zero apologies. It’s partly because I’ve not had a proper computer (and updating the site on a phone is a bloody nightmare) and partly just because I’ve been focusing on making things rather than promoting them (as well as working non-art jobs).
But now there are exciting things that I need to tell you all about.
Firstly I am part of an exhibition at the People’s History Museum in Manchester called ‘Continuum: Framing Trans Lives in 21st Century Britain‘. It is an exhibition of around 15 trans and non binary artists from across the UK which will be running until the start of september, and is organised by Artmob, a new collective supporting and promoting trans artists. I have done some sculptural pieces based on my Man Cunt paintings, but they have sprouted animal body parts like mythical chimeric beasts. I haven’t had a chance to see the work up as I couldn’t make the opening last week, but I’m going to be heading down there this weekend for a Meet The Artists event, where you’ll be able to hear me along with other trans artists talking about our work.
Several years back I edited a submissions blog for queer pagans of all genders, sexualities and paths called the Bent Pentacle. It’s been on hiatus since 2013 but recently I’ve been thinking about starting it up again. So this morning I revamped the site and put up a new post, check it out here
It was the opening night of the Trans/Forms exhibition last night, and what a wonderful night it was! We had intense and beautiful live art from Raju Rage and exciting and celebratory drumming from Afon Sistema, which took us out of the gallery and through to the canteen to entertain unsuspecting punters. The co-created memorial for transgender day of remembrance had a good start on it, and is looking really beautiful. It’s great to see my Man Cunt paintings framed and on the wall for the first time,
and I was very excited to see Ludo Foster’s beautiful, subtle drawings and Rachel Green’s bright and bold sculptures alongside each other. Altogether it’s so great to see such an eclectic mix of amazing work by trans people altogether in one place!
I’m so grateful to all the people who believed in the project and supported
it, and I’m so happy that we were able to manifest such a powerful and beautiful thing. Thank you to all the artists for being willing to show themselves through their work, to CoResist who I worked in collaboration and who worked out a lot of the practical stuff, to the coexist gallery managers for being so accommodating, and to my friends and housemates for putting up with me for the last week.
This is the first time I’ve done something like this and I’ve certainly learnt a lot, there are a lot of things I’d do differently at future events. I’m very open to feedback, it would be really great if people could let me know what they think works/worked well and what could be improved and I’ll strive to accept feedback with grace and not take it personally (unless it’s from someone being transphobic in which case they can fuck right off).
Buy tickets for the fundraiser on the 13th here or at the Hamilton House reception
For more information visit the Trans/Forms facebook page or find us on Twitter @TransFormsBrist
Friday November 13th will see the launch of a series art, performance and music events over 10 days at Hamilton House in the run up to Transgender day of remembrance, now in it’s 18th year, with 8 groups and individual artists coming from across the UK.
The IndieGoGo campaign I created to fund the production of prints of my new paintings reached it’s target on Sunday! Thank you so much to those who contributed, and if you missed out they will be available for purchase through my website in the next few months. Watch this space!
Transgender day of remembrance is an event that is commemorated on November 20th to remember those who have lost their lives due to transphobic violence around the world. Through this day we remember those who have been lost to violence, as well as raise awareness of the struggles that many trans* people face because of their gender identity and expression. One of the main features of these events is called the Reading of the Names, in which the names of those who have lost their lives are read out so they can each be honoured.
I’m currently having a 10% off sale on prints over at my Etsy shop. I have my first solo exhibition over at the Grant Bradley Gallery at the start of October, and I need a bit of extra cash for framing, transportation etc, so I thought it would be a nice thing to do to thank people for helping out. If there is a picture on my site that you would like a print of but isn’t in my etsy shop let me know and I can get one made for you. The sale will continue until the end of September, so check it out here!
In other news, the piece I am currently auctioning on ebay to raise funds to help the people fighting the badger cull is on £56 with 3 days left, which is great news!
This is a piece I will be showing at the Hamilton house pop up shop and gallery, which is running from this Wednesday to Sunday (June 5th to 9th). It was inspired by a Swedish folk tale about a boy who isn’t afraid of anything, and so when his family’s cow is stolen by trolls he doesn’t hesitate to venture into the forest to get it back. In the forest, he meets a few beings who try to scare him, but when he proves to be immune to them they decide to help him on his quest. The first being he meets is the Witch of the forest, with wild green hair. Here she is trying to be as scary as she can. The piece is 80cm x 40cm and is entirely needle felted.
At the pop up shop I will also be selling prints of this and other work, as well as greeting cards and figures.
I thought people might be interested in how my work comes together, so I took pictures of the witch as I was making her. Here she is all the way from a weird Gonzo-like creature to her full glory.
Greetings to you all, and I hope you are enjoying the recent warm sunny days! Lots of things are changing at the moment, and I am stepping into the new season with a few announcements of upcoming events and exhibitions.
Firstly, I will be taking part in the “In House” pop up shop as part of the Coexist open day on Stokes Croft, Bristol (where I have my studio). It runs from June 5th – 9th with the open studios on Sunday the 9th. As well as having one of my big pieces and several dolls in the shop I will also be selling greetings cards and prints, and there will be lots of other lovely things made by my studio mates to see and buy.
Starting around the same time as that, I have had a piece accepted for the New Visions III exhibition at the Grant Bradley gallery in Bedminster, Bristol. This is a large open submission group exhibition showcasing emerging and established artists and runs from the 8th of June and the 27th of July 2013, with the private view evening being held on the 7th of June.
Thirdly, and most excitingly, in October I have my first solo show at the Grant Bradley Gallery, where I will be showing a mix of work I have produced to date, including large wall-mounted pieces and smaller art dolls and other figures plus some site specific works. All pieces will be for sale, and I will have prints and cards available also, including limited edition full size prints of my large pieces.