©TomboyBill

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

Drawing on their own personal stories, this body of work explores the reality and experiences

of the LQBTQI+ community of trying to stay safe in an often hostile world.

Artists TomboyBill and Matthew Schiavello, both members of the LQBTQI+ community,

shed light on how they are often forced to blend in, become ‘invisible’ in public,

so as not to draw attention to their true selves for risk of harm.

White, enamel-coated glass - representing what is used to cover, protect and hide that which lies beneath, is carved out, to reveal parts of a photographic image - a glimpse of themselves.

The process of creating this image involved the experimental use of boiling 35mm film;

the pushing of boundaries, a sense of adventure, freedom - true self-expression 

This innovative and unique artistic collaboration celebrates what they hope the future will bring -

that was once hidden, will now find a new acceptance and be given the opportunity to shine.

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