Strange Thirsts, from the Heroine series, 1999, 30 x 40", Fujicolor Print, Edition of 8, Courtesy Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto.

Strange Thirsts, from the Heroine series, 1999, 30 x 40″, Fujicolor Print, Edition of 8, Courtesy Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto.

Lori Newdick

“Woman must write herself” – Hélène Cixous

Heroine explores the struggle of the individual to define and inhabit an identity that is not represented or reflected in mainstream culture. The series examines how social constructs can isolate and marginalize those who exist outside of prescribed notions of sexual orientation and gender. Heroine consists conceptually of three primary elements: the pop culture representation of lesbian as fetish/myth in 1950s pulp fiction; the icon of a tie and how to tie it as a metaphorical sight for self; and blurred self-portraits which create a feeling of dislocation and invisibility. With the end of the century at hand, I specifically chose these vivid 1950s book covers to illustrate the pervasiveness of these same stereotypes today. This series attempts to trouble the subtle presence of homophobia in society and to create a new dialogue.

Lori Newdick currently enrolled in the MFA program at the University of Guelph, Canada won the 1999 Ontario College of Art and Design Medal for Excellence in Photography. Her first solo exhibition took place in 1999 at the Jane Corkin Gallery in Toronto, Canada. Previously her work had been seen at the Zavitz Gallery, Gallery 76, and at the Atrium Gallery, all in Toronto. She has received both an AGFA and a Polaroid Canada Photography scholarship.

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