"Closet Monsters" / "Proscenium"
My work explores the nuances of individual and collective identity through constructed imagery and facilitated performance. ‘Closet Monsters’ manifests the horror of queer otherness as a portraiture series of imagined characters. The monstrous connotation of queerness is celebrated as a fundamental aspect of queer culture; an affinity through which we imagine and construct identities which challenge the monopolization of beauty and tastefulness by cis-hetero society. ‘Proscenium’ explores the performance of portraiture through a shared creative process. A simple portrait is contrasted with more performative images in which the participant is encouraged to work intuitively, using their belongings and bodies, to hide their face. These triptychs are intended to capture the nuances of the individual through their interpretation of this process.
Yana Andonova • Erin Brown • Hester Davey • Keri Hannah • Izzy Leach • Martyna Maz • Jack Mercer • Dylan Moore •