This is the Winter 2017 course discussion blog for and by UCLA students enrolled in LGBTQ Studies 183: Queer Arts in LA.
This course includes a creative component. When this course was first offered during the Fall 2012 quarter, the students researched queer artists who have a significant connection to Los Angeles. Then created a collaborative website.
This is a rough draft of the poster I worked on. The theme is gender and its definition. I have incorporated the background as one of the landscape works by my artist Wes Hempel. It is a wide prairie with amorphous storm clouds in the sky, unsure of whether it is a storm, but peaceful nonetheless. In the foreground, I have layered multicolored stencil-esque images of Angels. I chose to put angels in the picture because as spiritual beings of light, they were never classified as male or female. Historically, this was changed as artists gave them a sex. Ultimately, I want to express that gender is not something that can be easily defined, that it isn't always as socially practical, and we can disregard it in order to establish respect/acceptance.