‘Pilot’, 2021, 100cm x 100cm x 2cm. Oil, acrylic, enamel and coloured pencil on canvas.
‘Pilot’ is the first autobiographical work made by Bex Massey and forms part of a larger series- ‘The truth is out there’. ‘The Truth is out there’ aims to discuss Section 28 and its impact on the generation of children who grew up during this embargo on Queer in the UK. Massey grew up in Thatcherite Newcastle with no examples of LGBTQ+, before the internet could help her find examples of herself elsewhere, in an archaic system in which discussing the term ‘Gay’ was essentially illegal. This law was finally repealed in 2003 when she was 18.
‘The Truth is out there’ also touches on the quote spoken by Fox Mulder in the 1993-2002 TV phenomenon-The X-Files. This sci-fi thriller focused on the protagonists seeking out, embracing and championing anything ‘other’ and in return enabled many Queer kids to embrace their feelings of ‘otherness’. What is more the correlation between lesbians realising their ‘truth’ via powerhouse Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) is really out of this world!!
‘The truth is out there’ series documents why It took Massey so long to understand her ‘truth’ and how even after sixteen years of being openly ‘out’, she can only truly say that she’s spent the latter half really feeling proud!