Rowan King

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Artist Statement

I have been doing art for my entire life and began taking it more seriously as I got older. I try to invoke feelings in people with my art and make them think about important topics. I enjoy being able to portray people like myself and others in the LGBTQ+ Community who are underrepresented in the media. I hope to get better at the visual arts throughout the years and one day hope to make a career of it.

My animated gif is of an androgynous person of color who is caught between two worlds. One world is the LGBTQ+ Community where, despite being a “symbol of equality”, people of color are still discriminated against. The other is the community they grew up in, many people of color hold on to the discriminatory views that you can’t be gay within that community. The character has been shunned from both communities and doesn’t know what to do, hence the “Where do I belong?” The color under those words are different pride flags, meant to show that people of all genders and sexualities can feel this way. Lastly, the quote that “ 42% of people who identify as LGBTQ+ also identify as people of color,” is meant to show you that this is a very important topic that affects a large group of people and needs  to be addresses more often.

Additional Artwork

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