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Research

I started this project by doing heavy research into Queer theory, queer relationships, social stigma within these topics and historical sides of it as well as artist research. The research I do in my projects, especially this one allows me to learn and have in-depth knowledge in the subject. It allows me to clearly explain the critical context for my ideas and choices in my artwork.

My passion for this project comes from the personal connection I have with it. Being in a queer relationship means I have experiences and emotions that I can put into the artwork. As well as using myself and my partner as photoshoot subjects for my artwork references for the project. This allows the audience to feel the intimacy and connection from me to the artwork to them.

The Social stigma in the world still is disgusting and no one queer who I know has not experienced a negative encounter while out anywhere. I know from experience that in a queer relationship, there's this fear and impulse to pull away from holding hands or not giving a simple kiss on the cheek without having to look over the shoulder to get a judge of anyone who might start something especially when looking more “stereotypically Queer” and standing out for the picking of these encounters.

Using this research I have planned for workshops and artist talks for my hypothetical show, the research plays an important part in explaining my projects and talking about the works and what they represent. Show text and artist talks are important to the showing of my work.


Here are some examples of research in my notebook, within this project research was an important factor as well as the artwork, I couldn't fully develop and create work without understanding the theory and context, what I was fighting for historically and in the present without doing the research. This is why as well as art related research, queer theory, feminist theory, queer relationships, LGBT history with rights, laws, public image and politics, social stigmas and much more were all important to I could best deliver this across the work and also be able to answer questions and talk about these subjects and the issues we're facing today to bring the awareness that is needed to them.



I keep a notebook for writing questions, answers, research and artist research and inspirations as well as about my art practice, ideas and decisions along with keeping a sketchbook showing the development and progress with photos and writing explaining what I've been up to for future reference into techniques. All of these are important research factors in my projects for how I work. The notebook being separate from the sketchbook means I can refer to material quicker as it's all in one place.


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