TextaQueen | Conveyor | Pigment ink on archival cotton rag | 420 × 597mm | 2016
As TextaQueen, I have been widely and wildly showing work for over twenty years in independent, commercial and institutional spaces around the world. I’m a queer, disabled, non-binary, second-generation Goan Indian settler, living on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, in so-called Melbourne, Australia.
Known for using the humble fibre-tip marker to draw out complex politics of gender, race, sexuality and identity in detailed portraiture, I also investigate these themes via photography, painting, printmaking, video, performance, self-publishing, curating, music, writing and murals. Collaborating with other displaced and diasporic people, I examine our existence and empowerment in dis/connection to our own and others’ ancestral lands. With these intentions, I am currently creating TheySwarm, an artist residency for diverse and disabled artists, in Collingwood on Wurundjeri land.
Here is a selection of my work.