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When you're at a party and someone asks you to
describe your art, what do you say?
Depends on what party o erings I've taken. I
would say being a le -handed lesbian artist is a perfect
excuse for me to be di erent. My art gives me freedom
to play; it brings my imaginings into reality by facing
fears and nding beauty.
So, in short you're... I'm a multi-media artist.
If we caught you in your multi-media workshop,
what would you be doing?
My abstracts are spontaneous paint pourings,
washes bleeding into each other that are overlaid by
thick lushness of creamy paint. My gurative (work)
is drawn from my imagination and humour. My
electronic music also comes from play - and of course
lots of editing.
Your work for Midsumma is about women. What
makes us inspiring?
I love a challenge and to be surprised. I love
women's sophisticated communication. I'm inspired
by women's altruistic nature and humour. Of course, I
also love the beautiful female form.
We're pretty gorgeous. Your exhibition is said
to explore the "moody and aching beauty of
lesbian sexuality." Is there a moodiness in lesbian
Ah! e moodiness of lesbian sexuality. From
the pent up tension of PMT to the fuck o of hot
ushes, not to mention the ebb and ow of the moon,
lesbian sexuality is powerful. Our ability to have deep
multiple orgasms of over whelming pleasure is a
constant delight. No wonder men are so fearful and
try to suppress women. Women love romance and
beauty, the mysterious and the subtle.
One of your pieces entitled 'The Family' shows
two women with two cats and two dogs. Lesbians
have the freedom to de ne family in terms outside
the hetero-normative. Would you say 'The Family'
explores this idea?
For my proposal at Gasworks for Midsumma I
said I would do some gurative paintings of lesbian
romanticism. I wanted to try a di erent style of
painting. Animals are generally a big part of lesbian
life. I have done other paintings of a more intimate
What's great about being part of Midsumma?
e celebratory energy and the wonderful
support of both the community and the media.
Gasworks have been extremely supportive. Also, the
opportunity to give lesbians a space that isn't run by
gay male antics.
What's next for Alex McKay?
I am composing music, one being a gay dance
anthem called Bent not Broken. My musical
pseudonym is "Odds and Ends." I'm writing a cartoon
sur vival booklet about menopause entitled I pause to
re ect if only I could and I'm continuing to paint.
You can keep in touch by going to alexmckayart.
Alex McKay's The Feminine Touch is at
Gasworks Arts Park from 17th January to 6th
Feburary. The exhibition is free and open daily
from 9am to 5pm.
The Feminine Touch
Jillian Eugenios gets the lowdown from Alex McKay on art and life and exhibiting at Gasworks for Midsumma
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