A picture of a person stood in front of a fence. They have shoulder length red curly hair cut with a fringe. In their left hand they are holding a blonde wig

Heather Glazzard, Blake, (2018-2019).

Heather Glazzard, Blake (from the LGBT Letters series), 2018-19

Artist: Heather Glazzard

Title: Blake 

Year: 2018-19

Medium: Film Photograph

Dimensions: Variable, part of the artist’s LGBT+ Letters series

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The LGBT+ Letters series

Artist Statement:
Heather’s own coming-out at secondary school was fraught with the fear, and harsh reality, of violent backlash. But it was also hampered by what Glazzard saw as a complete lack of queer visibility. They had simply no experience of how to become queer. Glazzard’s first cultural experience of queer romance was of a single ‘chaste, lesbian kiss’ on the popular soap opera EastEnders at the age of 9.

While LGBTQI representation in popular culture has improved, Glazzard describes still seeing many stale stereotypes, which this photographic work seeks to rectify. LGBT+ Letters is an attempt at providing, through portraits and texts, queer aesthetics for people who find themselves without meaningful representation in the world. In the photography series, Glazzard demonstrates a lack of self-indulgence rather a strong belief in accommodating to their subjects’ individualities, and ultimately to build trust, capture intimacy, educate and inform.