Judy Giera

2022 Aim Fellow

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Biography

Working through painting, video, and performance, I aim to create the closest visual approximation I can make in order to express the joyfully terrifying tension of being a trans woman in a world not remotely made to even consider the trans experience. When I came out as a trans woman, the sense of refusal I had inherently felt my whole life towards most of the world felt finally justified. Being led to grossly misunderstand my own gender for years created within me a critical humor. To this end, a framework of ironic refusal guides my art practice to abstract the layers of life, joy, bigotry and bias which define my transgender existence.

My paintings are abstractions, inspired by action painting and assemblage.  I use paint the same way I use found materials in my work, applying the same reverence to oil paint as I do to synthetic wigs and cheap LED lights. Outlandish items join hardware store staples alongside traditional materials for drawing and painting to weave plentiful layers and loaded texture rife with synthetic colors like neon yellow, millennial pink, and slime green inspired by the Lisa Frank, Nickelodeon, and nascent internet aesthetics of my quintessentially 90s upbringing. Leaning into this bright palette alongside an ample use of contrasting tones and effects, I reassert a sense of levity within a grim and grave reality that encompasses existence as a transgender woman in the present moment.

Through video and performance works I employ the mentality of infinite doom scrolling by stringing together vintage television media like old toy commercials and late night public access TV with internet detritus such as memes and YouTube rants by anti-trans bigots with performances of myself as unhinged characters ranging from a drunk Barbie to a man-hungry extraterrestrial lounge singer. These entertaining vignettes satirize the absurdities which guide cisgender dominated conversations around the transgender experience.

The art I create, much like my gender, tests the normative limits of what is considered acceptable.

Artist Statement

Working through painting, video, and performance, I aim to create the closest visual approximation I can make in order to express the joyfully terrifying tension of being a trans woman in a world not remotely made to even consider the trans experience. When I came out as a trans woman, the sense of refusal I had inherently felt my whole life towards most of the world felt finally justified. Being led to grossly misunderstand my own gender for years created within me a critical humor. To this end, a framework of ironic refusal guides my art practice to abstract the layers of life, joy, bigotry and bias which define my transgender existence.

My paintings are abstractions, inspired by action painting and assemblage.  I use paint the same way I use found materials in my work, applying the same reverence to oil paint as I do to synthetic wigs and cheap LED lights. Outlandish items join hardware store staples alongside traditional materials for drawing and painting to weave plentiful layers and loaded texture rife with synthetic colors like neon yellow, millennial pink, and slime green inspired by the Lisa Frank, Nickelodeon, and nascent internet aesthetics of my quintessentially 90s upbringing. Leaning into this bright palette alongside an ample use of contrasting tones and effects, I reassert a sense of levity within a grim and grave reality that encompasses existence as a transgender woman in the present moment.

Through video and performance works I employ the mentality of infinite doom scrolling by stringing together vintage television media like old toy commercials and late night public access TV with internet detritus such as memes and YouTube rants by anti-trans bigots with performances of myself as unhinged characters ranging from a drunk Barbie to a man-hungry extraterrestrial lounge singer. These entertaining vignettes satirize the absurdities which guide cisgender dominated conversations around the transgender experience.

The art I create, much like my gender, tests the normative limits of what is considered acceptable.

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