Jacqui Beck Presents at artEAST in Issaquah

"Whether," for FinnbarOn October 18, 2017, Jacqui Beck delivered a presentation to the membership of artEAST in Issaquah,“Art for Social Change: the Gender Personal Project.” It had been more than 3 years since her Gender Personal exhibits at Kirkland Arts Center in Kirkland WA (May-July 2014) and at the Gender Odyssey International Conference at the WA State Convention Center (August 2014).

In her talk, Jacqui discussed with the her belief that art can be a gateway to learning about gender and other socially relevant issues. The presentation included a slideshow of photos of the Kirkland Art Center exhibit and of the people interviewed in the GP project, all taken by by Marc Hoffman. Marc and his wife, Tina, attended the presentation and were very active in the discussion that followed.

Gender Personal Featured at
International Gender Conference (August, 2014)

Gender Personal presented at Gender Odyssey Conference, held at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, August 15-17, 2014.

Aidan Key speaks at Gender Personal opening, Kirkland Arts Center in June 2014

Aidan Key, founder and director of the annual Gender Odyssey Conference, shown with Jacqui Beck at the Gender Personal exhibit opening, Kirkland Arts Center, last June. Photo: Marc Hoffman

Gender Odyssey is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

Aidan Key, founder and director of Gender Odyssey and a prominent figure in the trans* community, has also been a source of steady support for Jacqui Beck and her Gender Personal project, including inviting her to exhibit and talk about the project at this year’s convention.  After Jacqui interviewed him for Gender Personal, Aidan remarked, “When I saw what Jacqui created, I was deeply moved. She received all that I’d shared, and shaped it into a full garden of paintings and poems.”

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Throughout the 3-day conference, paintings and poetry from Gender Personal, as well as the work of photographers Anselm Skogstad and Kris Lyseggen (The Women of San Quentin),  comprised the art exhibit GENDEREVOLUTION. Through their separate work, Beck (genderpersonal.org), Skogstad (anselmskogstad.com), and Lyseggen (http://www.krislyseggen.com/) took us to a place of deep contemplation of what it is to be gender variant. With their unique and personal views,

Reception and cocktail party for the Genderevolution Art Exhibit at Gender Odyssey

Genderevolution Reception and Cocktail Party. Click image for details.

they brought to the Gender Odyssey conference an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy the variety of human expression and experience of this very important aspect of life.

Artist Jacqui Beck

Jacqui also gave a presentation about the Gender Personal project. The audience heard audio excerpts from the interviews, accompanied by slides of Jacqui’s artwork and photographs by Richard Nichol and Marc Hoffman. The presentation included an open discussion.