Four Jacks

‘Invert 1’, 2022, 35cm x 40cm. Oil on canvas.

‘Invert 2’, 2022, 35cm x 40cm. Oil on canvas. 

‘Gluck’, 2022, 35cm x 40cm. Oil on canvas. 

‘Radclyffe Hall’, 2022, 35cm x 40cm. Oil on canvas.

During the ‘Elephant x Art Gazette’ residency I researched lesbian histories and their lack of mainstream visibility. I therefore experimented with ways in which to document this ‘invisibility’ in paint. Works exhibited form two different lines of investigation surrounding these themes: Firstly via Instagram filters and looking at myself and lesbian consciousness in the present date and secondly working with historical underpainting with a 3D twist in looking at two of my Queer 1930’s hero’s-the painter Gluck and the author Radclyffe Hall. In looking to the present date I have taken the term ‘invert’, coined by Karl Heinrich Ulrichs in 1897 to describe ‘homosexuals’ and applied it to two images of myself with the aid of the Photoshop’s ‘invert’ tool. These paintings have left me unrecognisable and as such invisible. After which I coded an Instagram filter so that viewers to the show (and available below via QR code) can refashion the paintings into their concealed visage.

In looking to the past I have centred work on a ’Jack’ – a 19th Century slang term for ‘lesbian’, recently popularised by the BBC’s adaptation of Anne Lister’s diaries in ‘Gentleman Jack. I have therefore painted ‘Jack Dawson’ of Leonardo do Caprio and Titanic fame over the two historic and pioneering lesbians and as such rendered them near invisible.

USE BELOW QR CODE WITH PHONE TO VIEW INVERT OF INVERTS VIA PERSONALLY DESIGNED FILTER…