This piece was requested by a friend, after I babbled at her about the greatness of recording something once hurtful in a drawing- for me when I doodle like this- the painful event becomes something distant and other than myself.
” Can you not show your affection so much, when I am trying hard to care less “
A companion piece to the ‘has anything changed’ drawing, actually drew this first and then decided a companion would be nice. A quote again taken from life, ‘”You’re still so tanned from your holiday”, “Oh, it’s because I dream of the sunlight on my skin”.
I’ve been trying to listen out for lovely little phrases people say, the beautiful can be found in the mundane.
This piece was inspired by the idea that although there has been much advancement in the discussion of gender theory and non-binary identities in particular, some assumptions still prevail, even within the LGBTQ community. The idea that a girl with a shaved head must be a lesbian, although a laughable concept, still exists. Assumptions build barriers and alienate individuals from the community, the illustration was inspired by Victorian profiles and represents two figures that identify as non-binary, yet have very different ‘aesthetics’, their actual identity differs from the assumptions people carry with them about these figures.
The most progressive thing you can do, is to never assume and we will only reach true liberation when no-one needs to declare anything, because we treat everyone as human, with no assumptions clouding the way.
This piece is featured in the first issue of Spectrum, a feminist queer zine seeking to question and break down barriers of all kinds for all people.