I’ve had a bit of a rejig of my site and added a page dedicated to my performance and modelling work! I’ve not done a lot of it, but after having been registered with Ugly Models for over a year I’ve finally started getting work through them, and so I’m beginning to build up a portfolio of professional jobs. I would be getting more but I’ve had to take on a full time office job – it was a sad day last week when I had to turn down a job dancing in my pants for a music video because I had to stare at a computer instead. It’s only temporary so I’m there’ll be plenty more professional public nudity once I’m set free!
I’ve also been doing a couple of Boylesque workshops with the fabulous Screaming Keating at Pink Kitten dance school here in Bristol, and it’s something I really want to pursue, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of me…
Chris Hubley (https://chrishubley.com/) is a Bristol-based artist who has broken the wall of the usual half-interested scrolling on the social media with his project “Man Cunt – Intimate self portraits of a transgender man”. Chris is a transgender man and his painting works are currently focused on trans and queer subjects, the most important of them: himself. He’s well aware of the centrality of his experience as a trans man in his artistic discoveries – the last one is properly: painting – and one of his goals is also to contribute to the building of a network of trans artists. The first occasion to see the works produced by some amazing Trans artists coming from across the UK has been Trans/Forms (https://www.facebook.com/transformsbristol), a series of art, performance and music events organized by Chris Hubley at the Hamilton House in Bristol to commemorate the Transgender Day of…
To see us into the next week I thought I’d share these pictures I took of one of the paintings as I made it from the initial sketch of basic shapes to the finished piece, showing the process of building shape and form using many layers of colour. I used watered down acrylic paint, and I don’t mix shades at all but use the layering to create different shades Click below the line to see.
Hello! So in the last week I’ve started a new painting project I’ve subtly titled Man Cunt, which is basically what you would think it is. These close up acrylic paintings of my genitals are probably going to be studies for a larger painting or series of paintings, and I’m also planning on using them as the basis for a piece to submit to this prize on the theme of taboo. See below the cut for images and more info.
I know I’ve been very quiet on here for a while now, I’ve been doing lots of things and I’m planning a post taking about them all but I wanted to share this one now. I post more frequently on my Facebook page, follow me there to see what I’m up to day to day!
New painting! This is the first in what I’m hoping will be an ongoing project: the subject is a friend of mine who is transgender, after interviewing him about his relationship with his body I translated these thoughts and feelings into a body painting, and used photos from that as the basis for this painting. He was just about to have his mastectomy when I took the pictures, and I’ll do the same process in a month or so once he’s healed to make a dyptic.
My intention with this series is to explore a way to document and express people’s experience of being transgender/transsexual. Very often the focus is on appearance and aesthetics, with a focus on how well they “pass”. I’m trying to move beyond this, with expressive paintings with elements of abstraction, using the body itself as a canvas to speak about itself.
Often trans people feel like our bodies are our enemies – not all trans people experience physical dysphoria, but for those who do it can be overwhelming and affect everything about how they exist in the world. When we are able to take control of our bodies, whether through hormones/surgery or simply by how we present ourselves, we are able to come to peace and to flourish.
I I have purposely chosen to focus on my subject’s current experience rather than their history, so creating a snapshot in time. I feel like very often trans people are defined more by our history than our present; the questions people want to ask are about when we first knew, how our parents reacted etc. To me these questions are incredibly dull and don’t really communicate much about what it means to live one’s life as a trans person, especially for someone who came out and transitioned a long time ago.
Hopefully I’ll be doing more of these, so do watch this space, and get in touch if you’re trans and you’d like to be a model