I was watching an arts program today that was exploring artists who address confronting issues such as identity and diversity in society, commenting on aspects which are viewed by society as somewhat perverse or peculiar. It came as no surprise that photographer Polly Borland would be featured, some of her work of course an exposť on adult babies from quite some time ago. The program also featured a current play based on the life of Quentin Crisp.
This got me thinking a lot about my work as an artist. Identity has been a strong conceptual concern in my work, and in particular the struggles I've faced coming to terms with being abdl. But all this has been very well disguised within the work...naturally I can identify it, but it would take a super sleuth to find it otherwise.
The thing is, where do artists etc find the courage to make direct reference to the things they struggle personally with. Part of me wants to take a strong stance on the unfair discriminatory judgements of a world that reviles difference....but then also I fear the possible professional suicide that could result from exposing my particular differences. I don't want to finish my artistic career before it begins.
Just thinking out loud I guess...but if you have an opinion, I'd love to hear it.