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BY DIVA AND HOMOTOPIA
To round off Lesbian Visibility Week 2021, we’ve teamed up with Homotopia, the UK’s longest running LGBTQIA arts and culture festival, to celebrate the work and amplify the voices of LGBTQI women artists. Have a look at our virtual gallery, and make sure to check out these talented women on a social media platform near you.
Sophie Armishaw’s artwork explores the world around her through an abstract lens, of a multi-coloured palette on to canvas. This painting – Spring By The Sea – even in its abstract form brings in the familiar shapes of the feeling of being by the sea.
“Lesbian Visibility Week is so important to celebrate the voices of lesbians around the world, past, present and future and give people that platform to feel seen, heard and loved.”
Fuziya Johnson‘s work combines architecture and people to explore the topics ownership, history and autonomy between bodies and buildings, especially in regards to the history of how WOC have been objectified, and the fascist past of modern and classical architecture.
This piece of work is called Vibes (2021), and it shows a black woman dancing in which her body is integrated with a building on her stomach.
“I feel Lesbian Visibility week is important because of the change in connotations around the word Lesbian – due to homophobia, Lesbian has been charged with more negativity than good recently, from what I’ve noticed on social media and YouTube bloggers.”
Sadie Lee is an award-winning British figurative painter. Her challenging paintings focus on a range of subjects, including the representation of women in art, sexuality, gender and the ageing body.
“Three times this painting has been the subject of complaints and requests to remove it from display,” says Sadie. “It seems to represent one of the last taboos – the uncompromising lack of shame in the depiction of sexuality in older women.”
Kirsty Fitchet – “There’s a lot of stigma around looks and how someone outwardly presents themselves and I mean within our own community. It’s hard enough being looked down upon from outside, let alone when we’re doing it to each other. So this project is celebrating queer bodies.”
Kei Nilsson – “Double Happiness of Mrs & Mrs Penguin” is a handcraft @KeiNilsson designed and cross-stitched herself for her wedding anniversary. Kei says cross-stitching is a skill that’s been passed down in her family for generations.
Jeanna Nilsson – Kei’s wife, Jeanna, drew “The Conjurer of Beasts”, which is about a girl who conjures the beasts and has them at her command.
Dominique D. Wilson – “E Unum Pluribus” is a painting by Dominique D. Wilson (She/Her). Dominique says: “Every life is a precious sea of infinite possibilities in which greater beauty, hope, and love can be realised through compassion and creative expression. Out of one, many.”
Sophie Green is an artist and illustrator of bright, playful and eclectic work, living and loving in Liverpool. “Trans and proud, married to the wife of my life.”
Millie Chesters is an illustrator based in Cheshire. Her work is driven by the joy of drawing and expression through mark-making. She loves to illustrate topics with a social focus and bases a lot of her work around people, sports, football and LGBTQIA themes.
Natasha Horn is a multi-media multicultural artist experimenting with digital media, painting and most recently has ventured into film making, winning multiple accolades for her first short film ‘Swing’.
Follow her @NatachaHorn