Muscle Mary, 2022

Performance to Camera

Muscle Mary Explores queer histories, bringing them into the contemporary culture of bodybuilding and fitness through the artist being a 'gay bodybuilder'.

The artist performs queer interventions in the landscape dressed in a wool costume, which overtime becomes functionless to the body. Filmed in Romney Marsh, the area has a rich LGBTQ+ history and artistic connections such as Derek Jarman, Henry James and Edward Burra.

This piece is a response to their queer afterwardness they left and growing as a queer artist.

Muscle Mary in general terms means: 'a gay man who has prominent, well-developed muscles'

This work was made possible with the Reginite Artist Development bursary funded residency with Home Live Art, Hastings.