QUEER SPACE, 2019
Mixed Media & Video
Approx. 25'L x 5.5'W x 9'H (dimensions variable)
Video duration 6m 6s
Image 1: Still from installed work
Image 2: Picture of Dev wearing 1 of 3 outfits created for the project
Video: Featured clip from video performance
More images available on request.
Featured clip: https://youtu.be/oz7e6_vkcN0
Dev McCauley’s work considers the complexities of forming and expressing a queer identity in heteronormative society. Performance, video, garment construction and installation combine to create a physical space in which to experience her work. Her video performance foregrounds the tension between the expression of her gender and sexuality and the normative context in which she exists. Dev confronts heteronormativity with an exaggerated performance of her queerness. She reinterprets her experiences growing up as a queer trans woman through a mixture of abstract movements and actions. Dev seeks to claim space for her identity and to communicate a self-representative message about her body and bodies like hers. She performs in expressive outfits that are designed to celebrate the queerness of her body. The set of the video is recreated in the gallery space to confront heteronormativity in the art world and to reclaim space that has long excluded artists like her.