Unmapping Heteronormativity: Queering Death Through Embodied Art Practice

Unmapping Heteronormativity: Queering Death Through Embodied Art Practice

Thursday March 5, 5-6PM, 113 McCaul Street, Room 530.devin-west_2020-v2

Unmapping Heteronormativity: Queering Death Through Embodied Art Practice is an artist talk performance exploring how the conceptual installation art practice of working with bone creates a liminal space to disturb and disrupt hetero-anchored notions of femininity and masculinity.

 

Devin West is a genderfluid, queer, settler artist-scholar from northern Saskatchewan.  Through a conceptual installation art practice, West works with structural themes of tension, suspension and disruption, to challenge and disturb notions of femininity and masculinity as stable embodied binary signals. Devin uses artistic intervention and research-creation to encourage and engage public dialogue about genderfluid identity and resilience cohabiting in tension with the social construction of heteronormativity.   Scholarly and artistic pursuits are influenced by divergent career paths in clinical social work prior to becoming a master carpenter.  Devin has a Master of Arts degree in Gender Studies, and is currently a doctoral student in Cultural Studies, Queens University, and Research Fellow at Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre.