‘capes, folds, drapes’ (2023)

On March 2nd at Minerva Cafe in Bretonside, Plymouth, artist William Luz and I presented some early outcomes from conversations and work-in-progress. Our process of working together started from a conversation about drawing, gesture, mark-making and representation. Specific details came to the fore, and prompted a gathering of material around fabric and drapery in art, and around the image of the cape in particular in superhero comics. Further thoughts clustered around queer representation of the cape, around desire as focused on the wrapped, clothed or veiled body. Our distinct practices in drawing, performance, writing and making combined in this joint presentation of early outcomes of this investigation.

On the window, along the sill, and on the main wall were drawings and collages by Will. We performed a sequence of actions with fabric to create wall reliefs, and moving image was projected onto these. I then read a new text developed for the event. We also made a simple mini-zine which was distributed to the audience.

The event was part of the First Thursday series organised by Rhys Morgan and Queer District Collective.