There is a Fifth Dimension and, if you’re lucky, it’s fabulous:
This year my work got censored at my very first solo exhibit. One of the conditions said explicitly that ‘bestiality’ was not allowed, which immediately made me think of the classic piece The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife that would be deemed inappropriate here. I’m still wondering if there is more censorship in queer art than in straight art, since I’ve never been confronted with such conditions before. The festival I was part of got money from a fund that explicitly mentioned bestiality and pedophilia as prohibited from the art + my cute not-very-scary Bosoms comics were banned from a theatre. I’ve never been so confused.
A couple of months ago the FOSTA-SESTA law was the biggest thing to be upset about, yet there was almost zero attention in Europe. I did make a cartoon about it but never finished the sketch. Today the USA goes out to vote for the midterms to elect federal and state officials – and the biggest thing to be upset about this time is the plan of the US government to make transcending gender impossible by law. I wonder how much longer we can postpone and not do anything. This is no time for complacency. I need to up my game. So here is my old sketch, finally finished. It might not change the world, but I do hope someone who sees it will stop and think “oh hey, some laws are ridiculous, especially when they are made by people who make laws that do not effect themselves”:
Well, glad that’s over. I must admit it’s been a very, very creative inktober for me. Up to a point where I’m pondering going full Instagram and leave this website gather dust, since I get more likes on social media. However, a static website is better in order to archive everything I do. Social media is forgetful.
Enjoy my creative outbursts here: prompts made queer.
Not sure I’ll ever do inktober again; it’s hard!
This inktober thing is much more difficult than I thought it would be, but here is one I did where the drawing is bad, yet the idea is sweet and fresh.
Here’s the next best ten things from inktober.
Every day I put up new art here www.instagram.com/thebosoms
If you haven’t been following me on Instagram, you’ve been missing out. I’m seriously doing the inktober thing every day, and I feel it’s a very good exercise to try and come up with original ideas and to practice different drawing styles. I’m hoping that after this month I wil do another and another and another, with just different prompts every day.
Today I posted a Bosoms adventure. My initial thought was: what if one day hate-crimes are over? What if nobody gets bullied or beaten up anymore? In such a world I guess swollen eyes will be a luxury, a fashion statement. But this comic came out differently, and looks more like a critique of the times we’re living in. Which is easier to swallow for the public I think. I’m expecting my initial joke is too much part of the weird universe in my head.
No one will understand that.
Go to Bosoms comic number #275.
Today is a big day for me. I’m having a solo art exhibit for the first time in over twenty years of art making. Times, and my own relationship towards time, have changed.
I am no longer young. Even though I’m not old. I am now no longer interesting just for being transgender. Even though transness is still seen as something exotic. These times are more conservative and less sexpositive and less prone to emancipate minorities in collective society, while at the same time social media is more sexualized than ever and has selfies seeking attention from this same global social collective. I feel less visible as an artist, even though instagram art and etsy shops are accessible everywhere.
This saturday at 13:00 I hope you will all join me in support of my talk in Nijmegen, my exhibit is still up until the end of the month.
UPDATE: the exhibit will be up longer: until november 14th!: Continue reading “Qtopia presentation”
Every day in October I will be posting a new comic or drawing of some sort on my instagram www.instagram.com/thebosoms
The event is inktober. I like the limitation of keeping myself to the official ‘prompts’ of each day. The words we got for the first batch are rather disappointing: Poisonous, Tranquil, Roasted, Spell, Chicken, Drooling, Exhausted, Star, Precious, Flowing.
I was going to ste myself a challenge to still try and make every drawing as queer as I can, and it didn’t always work out.
Here are the first ten that I did: scroll down to see how they’re clearly getting better and better every day.
My personal favourite is ‘Roasted” – what’s yours?
PS: I made my own Queer LGBT Promptlist – so scroll down to get into Queertober.
The Qtopia festival is opening september 30th and will end October 14th, but all of my own work will be up until October 31st 2018.
UPDATE: the exhibit will be up longer: until november 14th!