Artist: Athens based artist, Forrest Lawson, has been honing his skills as a multi-media sculptor. He is best known for his assemblages surrounding intersectionality within the LGBTQ+ community. Having grown up in Florida, he blends his experience as a gay man with his exposure to an environment of southern conservatism. He is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Georgia and has earned a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Central Florida. He was named the grand prize recipient at ArtFields in 2019 and has a permanent sculptural placement within a Starbucks located on the University of Central Florida’s campus.
Artist Statement: I take an interdisciplinary approach to my visual arts practices as a means to mimic and create awareness of the intersectionality within the vast Queer network and the shared traumas within these communities. Merle Miller, in his essay On Being Different (1971), describes Queer people as “fellow aliens with no place to register” (16) and goes on to describe their longing to create bonds with fellow Queer “aliens” through their shared traumas and experiences. As a gay man, I became interested in engaging the LGBTQ+ community as a means to develop a sense of self and solidarity, registering within my community, and allowing others to do the same. I have shifted focus towards creating work that acts as a platform for activism and education, relying on the participation of Queer people to create complex narratives about resiliency in opposition to systemic and enduring violence.
What Are We To You?, 2020
Queer blood, acrylic, resin, petri dish, parafilm, led light. Fine Art Print of 2 pieces.
32 × 32 × 4 in
81.3 × 81.3 × 10.2 cm
Artsy Precio 2900 USD • 61,226 PESOS
PGMX Precio seria de impresión (2) 40,000 Pesos
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