© Daniel Fountain Artist, 2019

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Digital embroidery on found fabric, dimensions variable.

This series focuses on wrestling as a queer performance and the embroideries effectively 'queer' representations of a sport that historically has been seen as stereotypically 'macho'. After focusing specifically on the outlines of the forms and the interconnections between bodies, the resulting images appear highly homoerotic and not far removed from images present in gay pornography. Using craft based materials was also crucial in this process, particularly given that they have been commonly thought of feminine and a 'low' form of art practice. The cloths used were also found fabrics that had been stained and left in the 'salvage' bin at a local thrift store; I couldn't help but feel an affinity with these marginalised materials.

THE WRESTLERS (2019)