Bears,
illustrated

English / Castellano

July by James Unsworth

from Liverpool, UK
jamesunsworth.com

I make work about fat queer bodies. I research the print history of girth and mirth organisations and early bear culture to use as source material, either as compositions for drawings or raw materials for collage. As well as using archive materials I photograph contemporary models to insert fat queer bodies into an alternate history. I explore the intermingling of queer, print and art history and the connections/contrasts that exist between the past and present, questioning current ideas around desire, beauty, sex, masculinity and gender. I introduce audiences to aspects of queer culture they may not have been exposed to.

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