Gender Personal explores and celebrates gender variance through art, poetry, and recorded interviews. Its vision is to increase awareness of the natural experience of gender variance and to foster understanding, leading to social change and acceptance.
Jacqui Beck, a professional artist and art educator, interviewed 8 gender-variant people and has transformed their stories into paintings and poems. As the mother of a transgender son, Jacqui has a personal connection with this work.
This work has been exhibited in galleries with interactive installation pieces that inform and invite viewers to explore their own gender experience. It was presented as a workshop at a major social justice conference that examines the dimensions of gender (Gender Odyssey), and for Women Painters of Washington with a focus on art for social change. We look forward to future presentations of this project.
The Gender Personal presentation includes the playing of interview excerpts, exhibition of paintings (live or via slideshow), and reading of poems that celebrate the stories these fascinating people have shared. This is followed by a discussion between the artist and attendees about the interviews, art, and poetry. We believe this format benefits not only the gender-variant community but also the community at large by opening hearts and minds to the natural place of gender variance in human experience.
Gender Personal has just begun plans to publish the interviews, poems, and photos of the paintings in eBook and paperback formats.