Representation for anyone not pale, male, and stale in the art world is significantly lacking.
We’ve put together a list of 6 trans and n.b. artists you need to know as they are on the rise, babe.
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Flo Brooks lives and works in Brighton, England. Brooks addresses transgender identity and the concept of bodily ‘cleanliness’ in his work. We often see janitor figures and machinery parts in his pieces, which are inspired by his own experiments with acts of hygiene to come to terms with his gender-identity.
Cassils is a performance artist from Quebec, Canada. They use their body as part of their performances and are also a bodybuilder. In 2021 they created $HT Coin – an NFT project in which they sold cans of their own faeces.
Rose Schmits is from Delft in the Netherlands but has become famous in the UK for being the technician on the Great Pottery Throw Down television show. Her practice combines bodily motifs with the traditional craft of ceramics, commenting on gender and body image.
Berlin-Based Yishay Garbasz deals with cultural specific inheritance of traumatic memories, her gender identity and reassignment surgeries, and human rights issues in her work. Her project ‘Coming Home’ which began in 2013 sees Garbasz photograph other transgender women at ease (at home or with family and friends) to confront the harmful tropes of transgender individuals being isolated and “other”.
Jonathan Lyndon Chase
Jonathan Lyndon Chase is an American artist based in Philadelphia whose work looks into their non-binary identity, spreading awareness of bipolar disorder, and being both black and queer. Their latest solo show at the Fabric Workshop and Museum investigated the public laundromat as a liminal space between our public and private lives.
Jes Fan was born in Canada, raised in Hong Kong, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Fan’s work looks into his gender identity as well as diasporic politics and Catholic guilt. His BFA is in glass work and he has combined biological substances like testosterone and estrogen into his sculptures.