On the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June, I took part in my first group exhibition in a long long time. Bent Art is an exhibition which showcases work by the LGBTQI community and has been going for nearly 10 years. I had often admired the work there but just didn't seem to be ready for one reason or another, to contribute. The first time I heard of the exhibition and considered submitting work I had a male partner who told me he 'didn't want the whole town thinking he was dating a lesbian'.
Fast forward 6 years and there I am, at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts hall, volunteering my time to hang some incredible works with some rather friendly folk. No one seemed to mind that I was young enough to be their child or question my sexual orientation in any direction of the Kinsey Scale! In fact, one lovely woman who runs Lesbian's Got Talent, a local social skill sharing group at the Women's Health and Resource Center actually begged me to run a Tarot workshop. I agreed. Email me if you'd like to come along next Tuesday night!
'Venus in Progress' acrylic on canvas, $200
The next night I was smothered by the huge crowd that showed up for the opening night. It was a buzzing throng of all kinds of people, a few of my closest friends among them. I got caught up chatting in the kitchen while everyone else squeezed into the hall for the prize announcements. Completely oblivious to the hype happening next door, I had no idea I had won the Best New Entrant award until someone ran around calling for me. I was rather shocked and embarrassed, had to push past people and stumbled onto the stage to clumsily claim my prize. Not bad!
Next minute I'm getting interviewed for 'Pixie's Frilly Bits' which is a queer radio show on 2ser.
'Bent and Kneeling'
The night was filled with incredible art and a gorgeous supportive community. I sold my work 'Bent and Kneeling' which is a rather risque fetish photograph that seemed to turn a few heads ( in good and bad ways? )
The photograph I won Best New Entrant for was a collaborative effort between Lucas Yuwaganit Li (from Living Colours Bodypainting) and I. It was created in a rather spur of the moment frenzy in my attic. We both bodypainted my skin using our hands and I edited the photograph in a way that spoke to me strongly of a transformative inner journey, represented outwardly. A kind of metamorphosis and abstraction. 'Goddess Reborn' is still available for sale as a wood framed A2 print for $200.
Lesbians Got Talent
Pixie's Frilly Bits on Gay Panic Radio:
Lucas at Living Colours: