On The Fence: Portraits of gender identity and sexual difference in art

kailee heagney
Oct 1, 2014 2:39AM

Since the beginning of time, addressing issues in terms of theory or self identity, has become an inevitable conviction placed upon the self. Artworks that explore both heterosexual and non-heterosexual identities are created in order to authenticate and expand such notions. Working to de-familiarize perception, the artist evokes a new set of questions upon the viewer: Whose perception? And why? The "queering" of representation, a deconstruction of the paradox of masculinity vs femininity as they are embodied in abstract form,  and the concept of limits is broken.

The very age-old controversy of identity is overlooked in the context of post war anxiety over masculinity and its relation to high culture. The following works explore how major themes in modern art are influenced through social marginalization. The role of sexual identity in 20th century art can be examined through a variety of media.

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Jenna Gribbon, Luncheon on the grass, a recurring dream, 2020. Jenna Gribbon, April studio, parting glance, 2021. Jenna Gribbon, Silver Tongue, 2019