Save Yourself (self-love self-portrait).
Playing with the binary gendered scenario of superheroes such as Superman rescuing the damsel in distress Lois Lane (as well as a certain biblical story) – here my superhero self rescues my naked self. I’m exploring my own fluid gender identity neither definitively or consistently masculine nor feminine, and as both tough and vulnerable (qualities which are often thought of as gendered). As referenced in the title, it’s about self-love – how you’re the person most capable to love and to save yourself from your pain. This was the last work to be completed for the Unknown Artist series. People often ask how long it takes me to make a work and, especially with this piece, I like to answer it took me 37 years to be able to create this artwork.
2013, felt-tip marker, coloured pencil and acrylic paint pen on Stonehenge cotton paper, 127 × 96.5 cm (50 × 38 in). Collection of Pat Corrigan.