Inspired by the spectrum of colours at the recent Perth Pride Parade, I created this portrait of my friend Jenni Skinner, who is part of the LGBQIT community and identifies as Queer.
The painting functions as the queer feminine gaze. She stares directly down the camera in order to subvert classic gender embodiments of female passivity.
Jenni’s gender fluidity and ability to perform both masculine and feminine traits with believability stems from her androgynous identity; it is not just an act for the camera.
Through this painting I wish to evoke a powerful and positive representation of queer feminine sexuality; embracing notions of contradiction, multiplicity and ambiguity. I hope to generate self reflexivity through engaging with the viewer’s perceptions of feminine queer identity.
To follow Rosemarie Tong’s assertion; If women exist only in men’s eyes, as images, woman should take those images and reflect them back to men in magnified proportions. (1992)
Image: Sandra Ovenden, The other Jenni from the block 2016. Oil on linen (91 x 61 cm) – WINNER
The winner of the inaugural Queer Art Prize Australia was announced on Friday 13 January 2017. An exhibition of finalists is currently on show at Chapel Off Chapel until Sunday 5 February 2017. For more information, visit: www.queerartprize.com.au for details.
Queer Art Prize Australia (QAPA) is an initiative of the Australian Pride Network – ABN: 52 551 990 041
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