Devotion drawings

These drawings are a suite of images drawn from photographs taken by Ann Shelton in the 1990’s of the queer Devotion parties in Wellington. Big, extravagant dance parties, when space was still cheap! I’m inspired by the home made costumes, full sized horse carousel, and the big reminder that dancing and celebrating are an essential…

What happened in 2017…

It is the last day of 2017 here in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and as usual, I am taking some time to reflect on this year. Usually I do this with pen and paper, but this year I thought I’d share it with you here. It’s been a year of big change, with some serious illness…

Clubs

I’m putting together some thoughts and works for a show to fundraise for Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP, working with survivors of sexual abuse and their whanau. I’m writing labels, and thinking / feeling through these works: All of my Club works were made in response to the violence and abuse that we experience on the…

Pre-sales of We Don’t Have to Be The Building publications

‘We Don’t Have to Be the Building’ (2016) researched diverse community stories about sexuality and activism, resulting in assemblage art and writing in the lightboxes on Courtenay Place, Wellington. I’m now creating a beautiful publication that you can own and put on your wall, and keep to remember, or get to know the project. It…

We don’t have to be the Building – Boosted!

My current project, ‘We don’t have to be the Building’, is exciting (and terrifying!) for me because it brings together my art making practice, writing, and community engagement, in a new form of research and public presentation. I am looking at queer activism around Homosexual law Reform 30 years ago, and what queer activism is…

Drawing it Out

Part of Wellington Pride Festival | Tū whakahīhī e Te Whanganui-ā-Tara Drawing it Out invites lesbian, bisexual, queer, femme, butch, takataapui wahine, trans*, and female-identified people to participate in an embodied research project on our sexuality. If you have experience of female-identified sex, now, in the past or would like to in your future, then…

A feminist proposal

This post is a beginning and end of a show, ish. The work began before the proposal, and it will continue beyond this show. But I wanted to be generous, and share what I wrote, and then what became of it. I made a decision about a year ago to start writing proposals that really said what I mean, what I really want to do, and use the language I really believe in. This is the result;