The Nonbinary/Genderqueer Body in Art and Society

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    This paper charts a trajectory of defiance, from turning criticism into a personal art practice, and my
    reasons for doing so. Embracing the public rejection of my anti-normative character designs and
    drawings, which did not appeal to the majority of hetero-male viewers I once shared certain popular
    art sites with, I originally used the medium of comix as a means of exploring my own queered
    aesthetics of gender and ambiguity.
    Later, mass online public eruptions such as the ‘Comicsgate’ and ‘Gamergate’ fiascos – hate
    campaigns against creators and characters who were not white, male, and straight – inspired me to
    actively take on this culture of embedded normativity and self-proclaimed supremacy, both through
    drawing, and my own nascent performance practice, in which the artist’s own body becomes a
    mediating agent between the gender poles.
    I conclude with a few facts and figures in support of a gender spectrum, not a binary, and I also
    analyse the problems inherent in all forms of taxonomical reductionism where human ‘types’ are
    postulated as hard and fast realities, based upon the arbitrary judgements of both hierarchies and
    Period31 Mar 2021
    Event titleINGEAR Conference
    Event typeConference
    LocationDundee, United KingdomShow on map


    • Gender
    • Nonbinary
    • Art
    • society
    • culture
    • taxonomy
    • naming
    • body
    • comics
    • sex discrimination
    • women
    • representation
    • mythology
    • archetypes
    • Foucault
    • Sexuality