Pastel Sketch of the Long Gallery during Artfully Queer - HOME by John Paton
Mother will never understand why you had to leave
But the answers you seek will never be found at home
The love that you need will never be found at home
Lyrics, Smalltown Boy, Bronski Beat
The Artfully Queer - HOME Exhibition and Arts Program was held at the Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre between the 3rd and 21st of September 2021. Artists were asked to respond to the theme of Home.
What is home? Where is home? Home may be a safe place where you can be your true self, or a space where you feel you belong. Home may be a dream or aspiration, a place you haven't found yet. Home can be a taste, a smell, we can feel at home in our bodies, in our home, in our town, on our island... in our universe. Home can be a person or a group of people. Home can be an object, a feeling or an idea. As Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz says repeatedly, There's no place like home!" Phoebe Adams, Curator
Artfully Queer exhibition - HOme Artworks
close to the waters of Kunanyi Nipaluna.
I pay my respects to Elders past, present and future.
Long exposures at twilight cast shadows and apparitions, a time when I connect to something bigger, beyond my un-knowing, when I commune with women past, ancient powers and nature.
Collage - Adhesive vinyl, tape, on cellophane on wood
'My soul is home' is all about my life journey that lead me to finally coming to terms with who I truly am and then beyond that, coming 'home' to myself.
It is about the difficult journey many gay people travel on the road to our own love and acceptance of ourselves. It is about evolving my soul by making this step forward in my life and declaring it publicly as I am a very private person.
Our home is our sanctuary; a place to be creative, play, experiment and, above all, have fun.
Digital Composition on Ceramic
COVID sucks massive hairy balls. It's changed the way we live in so many ways.
While in home quarantine (twice thank you very fucking much) I fell into various rabbit holes of inspiration - one of which has been 'vintage queer erotic novel cover art'.
This genre of literature was paradoxical in its nature. It was created to titilate curious queer audiences (and profit from them), while at the same time demonise us through absurd and offensive book titles. Pulp Friction hijacks that original approach and subverts it through the 'homely' medium of nana plates. The series celebrates queer empowerment by proving that when you re-appropriate and own something you can turn it into something creative and positive.
We all know the story of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet coming alive by interacting in a world that mixes reality and fantasy as created by Carlo Collidi in 1881-82 as a newspaper serial. To become truly human Pinocchio has to prove that he is able to show love and compassion for others.
Pinocchio Revisited is a photographic series that aims to humanize two wooden artist models by creating a collection of interactive scenes to tell their story. The purpose of this project is to create black and white images that show same-sex relationships and domestic life in a loving and positive light, photos that express ‘love is love’.
The series is divided in 4 distinct stages, from coming out and yearning for love and companionship, to the fireworks of a new romance, growing into a more intimate and meaningful relationship to a busy family life with twin boys. Each image intends to show emotions that render its subjects human.
Man Ray, a famous American avant-garde artist and leading figure of the dada and Surrealist movement created the Mr et Mrs Woodman series in 1947. It consists of a series of photographs of wooden jointed manikins having sexual intercourse. His work gave me the initial idea to utilise more than one model in my project and to turn his heterosexual erotic series into a same sex romantic one. To be able to capture love and emotions is an important part of Pinocchio Revisited. I applied negative space to express a sense of loneliness and struggle; sharp focus, rich textures and high contrast to express passion and romance. I utilised a shallow depth of field to express intimacy and closeness and to create a sense of ambiguity leaving the viewer wondering what will be next.
In this installation representing the home environment the digital photo frames on a sideboard cycle continuously through the 4 stages of the model’s relationship underneath a large family portrait. Opposite on the small table the family relaxes, enjoying their photo gallery. The two chairs invite the viewer to join them.
Paint and charcoal on canvas
Unique state drypoint on 300gsm Hahnemuhle
My home is formed of fragments from people and places significant to me. Some are good, but not all of them.
Acrylic on paper
Home is a funny thing for a lot of us. Mine is bricked and mortared with the deep love and friendship of my community. People I have known for my whole adult life, people I may have walked past on the street, or lined up next to at a bar. More. People whose words I have only read, whose voice I will never hear, whose presence has nonetheless been indelible.
Home is the people you choose to keep around. Often it's also populated by the ones who got away. All of those who have defined your perimeters. My home is built with abstraction not concrete, which means that I have it here, always.
Graphite on wood
Wherever I lay my cat is my home.
My Hobart home transforms to a higher dimension.
Frame: H 920 x W 680
Oil Pastel on Hahnemuhle 100% cotton paper
Not long ago circumstances prevented me from having my own space and possessions around me. This illustration of my objects was inspired by the joy of having familiar things around me once again and pays homage to my son and his partner who made it possible. My objects, my space, my home, my belonging.
Plywood, Unicorn Spit, Danish Oil, Caster Wheels
This is the first of a series of three paintings that speak to the relationship between my artmaking, the internal world of my heartspace / homespace and the external world. Home is where I make my art; it is also where my heart softens when the world outside hardens my edges.
"Home is where my heART plays"
This is the second of a series of three paintings that speak to the relationship between my artmaking, the internal world of my heartspace / homespace and the external world . Home is where I make my art; it is also where my heart plays when the outside world feels too serious.
"Home is where my heART shines"
This is the third of a series of three paintings that speak to the relationship between my artmaking, the internal world of my heartspace / homespace and the external world . Home is where I make my art; it is also where my heart shines when the outside world is grey and gloomy.
The colour blue has been used in both art and literature for millennia to describe thoughts, feelings, emotions and experiences. It is often tied to the melancholy, the sad, the grieving and hence creates an aura of meaning just in its own existence.
After doing some research and readings on the meaning of colours and their associations with self, for this work I have decided to use only the colour blue in various shades and hues. This piece combines a variety of drawing and printmaking techniques, embroidery, free flowing thought and poetry to come together and create my narrative.
I have used cotton bed sheets as the base for my piece as I wanted to create an intimate setting in which I am exposing my inner thoughts and feelings to the audience. I employ a number of screen-printed nude images of myself which have been used to show my personal reality, and by printing in shades of blue I believe that it I have successfully found myself enshrouded in the hue.
Earth is our home in the universe. We all forget it's one planet for all humans, creatures and nature.
Blue represents coolness. A colour of spirit and devotion to friends and family no matter what.
Acrylic on board
I have moved over 40 times in my life. I have lived in the UK, Kuwait and Australia and am not sure if any, or all of these are home. I have no connection with my blood relatives so finding a place to make home, to call home, is critical to my mental health and my sense of self. I like to ‘nest’. I surround myself with the familiar, little treasures collected through my life, books, art work, records, dust collectors… these things help me feel safe. Outside of the physical home I need to feel connected. To the area, the landscape, to the people. I drive around, exploring, getting a feel for the place. I immerse myself in the nature of the area. I walk and take note of plants and birds, say hello to strangers on the pass and try to feel if I’m safe. Then I seek community. Who are the people who make up the area? I check out the local cafe’s, roadside stalls and little shops. I talk to people and eventually make friends. Once I’ve done all of this, then I can feel like I’m home.
Home is the place where I feel like I am able to be myself, like I know what is going to happen next, where I don't have to mask and hide parts of myself. Unfortunately, I gave not yet found a place that I can completely call home, as a trans and disabled/cis person I do not feel ""at home"" in my body... I have not yet found a place that I am able to feel like I can be myself."" - OUTspace participant
'Is Your Bedroom Ceiling Bored?' is an installation of a bedroom using items contributed from the bedrooms of members of OUTspace Hobart, a confidential peer support group for LGBTQI+ young people aged 14-25. It's a collage of intimate items, each hinting at the unique personalities of their anonymous owners. Arranged on and around a makeshift bed, the work also explores the ongoing challenge of finding home, both within oneself and quite literally for many LGBTQI+ young people who are overrepresented in youth homelessness statistics in Australia.
Named after the Cavetown/Sody indie pop song, 'Is Your Bedroom Ceiling Bored?' is a snapshot and celebration of queer youth culture in nipaluna/Hobart.
'Is Your Bedroom Ceiling Bored?' was developed together over two group meetings at the City of Hobart's Youth Arts and Recreation Centre. OUTspace Hobart is facilitated by The Link Youth Health Service, headspace Hobart and Working It Out."
Relaxing into yourself,
On a warm and tingly breath.
Over, and over again.
'Home, for now', is an abstract, textural exploration of my current sense of feeling at home in myself. The furniture has moved around and the rooms feel different, but something has settled and aligned to leave me feeling this way. I have come to see home as a process, a cyclical one, of living and breathing and moving in a restless dance until you find yourself again, changed but indescribably you.
I opened myself up, unsettled myself. I traced the fragments of my body, watched them morph and then merge, as my parts settled again in their new arrangement and the fractures fused. The whirl of change and the tension of growth slowly transitioned into a more quiet energy - an easiness. Everything slowed enough to notice that something had changed, I found myself at home in my body again, intrigued by its new textures and sensations.
Grounded, but lighter, I see myself, feel myself with more delicious and satisfying clarity. Must savour this time, before I unstick and am carried away in the flux of life again.
"Home, for now (performance)"
This diptych documents the artist's interaction with the textile sculpture, 'Home, for now'.
Pencil on cardboard
An exploration of my experiences of home and familiarity through texture.
Canvas & Oil painting
Expressing emotions such as love can feel very ambitious. The feeling goes beyond any extraordinary word and it becomes shortened to describe the way she makes you feel. The first time I was exposed to this concept was in my early teen years, after falling in love with my best friend. I could finally translate into words, this feeling. I came to the conclusion that love felt like being at home and it was enchanting to feel these emotions fit into those 4 letters.
Home is what you build with someone else that makes you feel safe and comfortable. By being at home you can be your true self knowing no one is going to judge you. You share your most private and deepest secrets and the loudest laughs as well.
It could be your most comfortable place but also the one that sees you the most vulnerable and you are absolutely fine with that, because you are at home.
This is home for me, falling in love with you.