As part of the art making several participants drew on multi media forms and presented their art work in the form of an installation.
(See Rowena’s work in motion within a short montage of the exhibition: Exhibition)
This work describes my thoughts about life, gender, sexuality and age. We are all start from the same place when an egg is fertilised and after we are born we are assigned a gender. As we grow we start to realise we have a sexuality which may be the one we keep all our lives or it can change as we mature. Some of us feel that we have been assigned with the wrong gender and wish to change it. Some do not wish to conform to society’s labels and refuse to specify gender or sexuality. What we have in common is humanity, we grow and transform throughout our lives and become part of nature at death.
My work indicates the fluidity of our lives, how they move and change direction with age. The poppy, butterfly, and dragonfly are symbolic of transition as they take very different forms during their life time. They are personal for me. They represent joy, freedom and release, all of the emotions we feel when we are in the right place for us. We may struggle to achieve this but when we do we can be at one with creation.
The yin and yang represent the duality of nature and the Celtic knot represents the circle of life and death that we are subject to. I have coloured it with a rainbow to show that we are not just one being but a multiple of all possibilities.
This piece of art was inspired by how I felt about being a transman, from pre transition, and to how I’m feeling now and the future. The words I used to create the piece are all how I have felt, feel or hope to feel. The holes in the wall represent the breakthrough I have achieved throughout my transition.
Take a roll in my skates
The piece utilizes Syriah’s personal interests in social change, photography and graphic design to expose a part of herself not many people are aware of at first glance – the Roller Derby hobby!
“Take a roll in my skates” aims the give out the message that we should go that extra bit further to know people before we take that unnecessary step in judging them. By hearing the words spoken by people we cannot see, we are forced to determine who they are. Are we already making judgements about them?
KP and Jake Kelly
An invitation to explore the details of a relationship not covered in every-day conversation and to allow a moment to consider if anything is simple.
Sorting Out the Masculine and Feminine
Justin Gilmore, Becci Gaadt and Vince Turner
Throughout the day Becci, Justin and Vince will be sorting tools and ribbons to the boxes that they “belong”.
If being gay was a choice, I wouldn’t have chosen to be. It has not been an easy road. I hated school, I felt totally alone. Two masters lived together, one had the nickname of ‘Hunt the Cunt’, the other, younger one, I fancied. There was no one to refer to, no role models (Royal Family?), nothing positive. I felt totally isolated with my feelings. Everything was black or white; newspapers, photographs, TV and cars if you had one, clothes, history and people. Straight forward, upright, “You do this”, “Yes, Sir”, Empire Day. No room for questions or grey, in betweens, different, Other.
What does a 14 year old boy do if he feels different, Other. No-one else to relate to. No talk of sexuality, gay was happy. Homosexuality, wrong/criminal, bad, sick, dirty, QUEER. You can’t come out, You go in. But now in my 60’s if being Gay was a Choice, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Being on this project with younger and older LGBTQ people of which I am Proud to belong, is part of my journey.
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My piece of work is about identity, the complexity of identity and all the elements that I find make up my identity. For me these elements shift or change depending on the internal and external pressures in my life – different facets of them come into focus depending on the circumstances of the moment. Sometimes they mesh together smoothly while at other times they grind against each other, some have become more fixed as I get older, some more flexible.
The triangular black cards with white words are the means I have devised to show a physical representation of how my identity shifts and changes. They can be moved around and built up, if they fall and collapse they can be re-constructed. Different relationships of words reflect each other.
Please feel free to move them around and construct your own identity.
The ‘Real Me’
This sequence of photos from my past and reflections explores the ways that we often tend to create a retrospective narrative of our pasts based on present day identifications and political ideologies, as much as we are, at each age, moulded by our present day contexts and our past loyalties. There is no ‘real me’ but my identities, those that are shifting and those that are constant, are always contingent: dependent on social context and the options of naming available, as well as resonating with my experience and self awareness. This reflection was stimulated by the insights of younger members of the project as they talked about their own identities in terms of gender and sexual orientation.