kim leutwyler – queer portraits
Art + Illustration
“I create figurative portrait paintings of LGBTQ-identified and queer-allied women. My work toys with the concepts of glorification, objectification and modification, touching on the mutability of gender and beauty. I have come to focus on painting because of its primarily masculine history in the Western art canon.
A portrait objectifies its subject. The female body in particular has been portrayed in many societal, cultural, scientific and historical contexts that build a sense of glorification, and sometimes eroticism. The ideal female anatomy has changed over time, and I attempt to portray varying aesthetics that metamorphose based on age, race and geography.”