12x12x1.5" (painted 2021)
This is the fourth work in an ongoing series titled "My name in lights / all the things they called us". The series represents how queer women* have been referred to, often without our knowledge or consent. Some of the words have been used in hatred, like the angry man who spits “dyke” at a woman in a tie, and sometimes in well-intentioned ignorance, like the mother who takes an apologetic tone when she says about her daughter, “oh she’s just a tomboy”. Queer women have had varying reactions to these labels - sometimes we reclaim them as a badge of honour, and sometimes we are crushed beneath their weight. The series is intended to make room for both discomfort and celebration.
My Name In Lights IV (Man Hater) is an original 12x12" acrylic painting on wood panel. It features the words "man hater" in pink neon lights with a blue neon arrow border on a brick wall background.
This gallery cradled wood panel has a depth of 1.5" with painted edges so that it can be hung without a frame. The painting is varnished with a matte UV protectant coating to resist fading over time while preserving the glow of the marquee lights.
* I identify as a queer genderqueer woman and the series is painted from that point of view. However, if it appeals to folks in the broader LGBTQ2IA+ community who don't identify with the label "queer women", that's room for even more celebration in my book!