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LGBT+ Hate Crimes and Religion

Most religions state that being LGBT+ is wrong and due to this some people feel that it is necessary, and up to them, to take a life in order to stop the spread of the disease. It is a very common practice around the world for religious folk to partake in an assault, that is often shown as an underground sport, called Gay Bashing – this can leave an LGBT+ member with serious head injuries and many are even killed.

It is more common than most people think, in places such as the USA, Australia, and Japan. But, unfortunately, it is constantly on the rise due to the world becoming more screwed up as the minutes goes by – after all, we now have Donald Trump as a world leader…

A very visual display of Gay Bashing is the videos of Gay men being decapitated, or thrown from towers, in Asia. However, Gay Bashing against Muslim women is on the rise in the UK, and it’s not because of Islam like everyone suggests.

In response to this, I have done some drawings of women wearing Hijabs and Niqabs.

The first one I drew was this one:

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woman-590490_1920I drew it using charcoal before then using a white chalk to do the highlights. I worked from a photograph (shown to the right) which I found on a copyright free website (Pixabay) in order to have something to work from.

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I then went on to drawing a cartoon woman wearing a hijab which eventually got coloured and turned rainbow (as you can see to the right)!

I plan on doing digital versions of these drawings, starting with the first one. I will also work from images of Muslim women, as well as women and men from other religions who are within the LGBT+. This is to identify that being LGBT+ is not exclusive to Atheists, Pagans, and Christians.

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LGBT+ Hate Crimes

Due to being different, people within the LGBT+ are subjected to hate and hate crimes on a daily basis. Not a week goes by without the news telling us of yet another trans woman being murdered due to their gender.

A very major hate crime against the LGBT+ happened last year in Orlando, Florida. This crime has been shadowed and toned down by the news and FBI by suggesting it was just another extremist attack, diluting the original reason to why the man committed murder – which lead to him killing 49 brothers and sisters within the LGBT+ community. The Orlando Pulse shooting is officially the biggest and deadliest massacre ever performed on US soil by a single person, but this is overlooked due to who the shooter was – leaving the real pain of the people affected in the shadows.

Sia, a popular singer from Australia, wrote and performed a song called The Greatest which was not only dedicated to the victims of the song, but it was directly about them. The video showed 49 young dancers who, at the end of the video, were gunned down; bullet holes showing in the walls at the end.

Learning of the song and its meaning, I decided to do a piece dedicated to it, showing the back of a person with white and black hair, similar to that of Sia’s iconic look, but also using it as the light and dark tones.

I did this piece using charcoal and chalk before sticking it, so that it doesn’t fade, with hairspray.

I will continue looking into hate crimes and drawing pieces in response.

 

 

Note: If you haven’t viewed the video or listened to the song by Sia, I highly recommend you do. I will place the video below.

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Exhibition Observation: Bethan Grant

 

(Note: The images above show artwork by fellow student, Bethan Grant. If you would like to see more of her work, click HERE.)

     Bethan’s pieces are always intriguing. The masterful style of perfect curves within her art leads viewers down a never-ending path, showing them where to look. Her style reminds me of Pixar and Disney characters, specifically how they’re initially drawn at conception: they start out simple but are then built upon in order to get the final masterpiece. You can see that within Bethan’s final pieces – you can see the stroke marks and the layers that went into the work in order to make them what they are in the end – the techniques used are full of grace and leave the viewer in awe when looking at the final piece.

The image itself is perfect – focusing on Faunus which links back to the horned god of the forest, plains, and fields, who was from one of the Roman deities. Due to this link, and design of the top painting, it suggests that the idea behind the paintings is intertwined with animal welfare. The top painting shows Faunus with her head decapitated and placed on a display board as if she had been killed and taxidermized. The image is powerful but is somewhat diluted due to having Faunus’ body underneath her head, making her look like she is whole. If it wasn’t for the blood, it would be somewhat difficult to understand what point Bethan was trying to get across by just looking at that painting, but with the blood, it shows the story and intensifies it, although it may take a few looks at it for some people to understand.

All in all, the exhibition was perfectly executed. The paintings were hung in a way that they lead on from one to the other. The butterflies were a nice detail, having them dotted around the tree it showed bypassers that there was more to see. The sculpture of Faunus’ head was a very good touch, it demonstrated what the first painting was initially trying to suggest. However, I would have preferred to see the head painted, or maybe even felted – to give it the fur effect. It was an amazing exhibition.

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Exhibition Observation: Darcy Prentice

(Note: The artwork shown in the images above are by a fellow classmate named Darcy Prentice – if you would like to see more of her work, please click HERE.)

      Darcy demonstrated her illustration ability by designing and creating colourfully patterned leaves which she pinned to her trees as well as hung mobiles up made of said leaves. They blended in well with the environment due to the design of them but also stood out because of the colours. They contrasted and blended, which is something that is very difficult to pull off, but Darcy did it well!

The way Darcy presented her work, it would have worked in both still and windy conditions. However, the wind was definitely a benefit as it made both the pinned leaves and the mobiles move ever so slightly, similar to how a butterfly would flutter.

I am somewhat unsure of what her project is about, I didn’t get much information from the exhibition, but it seemed to follow a youthful idea – showing pieces of pop culture (one piece featuring the very common converses in which everyone under the age of thirty has worn at least once), but also pointing out some of the issues with today’s children with a leaf reading ‘rude kids’ which features a girl using her middle and index fingers to swear at the audience.

I would have liked to see more of the idea behind the work. But, even without that, it was a very strong piece that was pleasing to look at and entertaining to view.

 

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Exhibition Observation: Elise Watson

(Note: The image above is of the work by Elise Florence Watson, you can find more of her work HERE.)

Elise’s work was of three human scale, hollow figures that were then suspended between two trees. Her work is fascinating, seeing the human body in its fullest while missing all the gory details. She clearly produced this by using figures to work on, most likely using wire sculptures. The final pieces were undoubtedly made from plastics that were heated and reshaped, they held their form well, even in the spring winds that many battled on the day of the exhibition. Although it was a struggle for Elise to put the three figures up, and keep them up, her hard work paid off as they were wonderful pieces to see.

The use of plastic as the medium material, or even canvas, was a fabulous idea – making the figures somewhat transparent. It made them look sort of like bystanders in the crowd even though they were the ones on show. However, due to the plastic not being completely transparent, and being around sixty percent opaque, it gave the figures form and depth due to their shadows, which can be seen in the photograph above. It gave the piece’s presence and heightened my interested of them.

I can tell that the main goal of the project was to look at the human body and all its form but other than that, there wasn’t much more of an indication to the idea behind it. But, even without the main idea showing through, it was still a very strong piece that could stand for many things and spoke a thousand words on its own.

 

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Final Major Project Statement of Intent

Title: Normalised Hate

As an extension of my previous project, I am going to be looking into Religion and LGBT+, specifically looking into religious practices toward LGBT+ members and the effect religion has on some LGBT+ members. My project is entitled Normalised Hate; I will be accounting my and others experiences of conversion therapy and LGBT+ hate crimes committed by religious groups and religion-influenced practitioners. The end goal of my project is to make non-LGBT+ members aware of the discrimination we go through by creating a series of graphic designs.

To start my research, I will be looking at statistics and texts that show the statistics of LGBT+ discrimination, including the percentage of homeless youth due to their parents, whose religious convictions make them intolerant to the LGBT+ community. I will also be looking at statistics provided by Live Love Laugh Ranting (LLLRanting). I will be researching digital and graphic artists, such as Jessica Walsh, Chip Kidd, and Saul Bass. I plan on going to the Hepworth Art Museum to see the Disobedient Bodies exhibition – I am also hoping to go to Abbey House Museum to see their Fairy Tales and Fantasy exhibition which will inform my ideas on how to present truth as fiction in order to deliver a strong message, as academic research has shown that readers are more likely to believe fiction than fact.

I hope to work, mainly, through digital art while also using some traditional techniques, such as watercolours and sketching. I plan on working through both pencil and digital sketches in the beginning to get my ideas out before going more into graphic designing. I hope to learn to use Vector drawing software to make my graphic designs. I’m going to be experimenting with different software’s in order to find the best software to make my graphic designs with; I’m hoping to test Canva, Photoshop, Illustrator, Pixlr, Sketchbook, Affinity Photo, and Affinity Designer. For the first few weeks of my project, I plan on practising my graphic design skills while researching. I will also be talking to people outside of college and getting critiques, as well as asking about their experiences with hate crime.

I will be keeping a daily journal to accompany my project to record my thoughts and ideas, as well as review my processes and progress toward the end goal of the project. I will be having discussions with staff and students within college about my work and ideas, as well as talking to Artists outside of college who are LGBT+ to ensure that my project is coherent and comprehensible, but also powerful enough to get the message across.

 

Appendix:

Timescale:

  • Week 1 – Artist research: I will be looking into Saul Bass, Andy Warhol, and Jessica Walsh, to start. I will also be doing Idea Building, looking into discrimination crimes of the past hundred years.
  • Week 2 to 4 – I will be researching and practising using different pieces of software, using different processes, in order to find the best working process for my work.
  • Week 5 to 6 – Exploring Designs: I will be experimenting with different styles and colours, in order to find which design is more successful in attracting attention.
  • Week 7 to 8 – Working on making the text standout and making sure the message is going to come across strong.
  • Week8/9+ – Designing the final pieces and getting them printed large scale.