Anyone who finds similarities between drunk women having sex with each other in dingy bathrooms and the spiritual quests of Catholic saints is bound to make a compelling interview and, more importantly, an artist worth watching. Gwen Shockey is that artist.
Did you think homoeroticism in art was just a late-20th-century phenomenon, that artists like Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber, and many others were something new under the sun? We all might as well face it: homoerotic art has been with us always.
I, like so many other queer artists, grew up in fear and isolation. Even with evidence to the contrary, I still thought I was the only queer in the world. A queer mind full of wonderful queer ideas with nobody to talk to about them.