Louis Grant is an emerging glass artist whose practice explores the paradox of the queer self, searching for an authentic queer voice between the exaggerated ‘performance of self’ and the suppression of ‘true self’. Grant’s body of work presents a deconstruction of process, not of personality. It focuses on methods of unbecoming, unmaking and undoing through the ‘queer art of failure’ to strip back the performance of self to find an authentic, raw and nuanced voice. Through this deconstruction of process, the artist begins to create a material voice that, much like his queer self, is outside the norm.
Above image: detail of glass unit from series fag (there’s glitter on the floor after the party), 2018, Kiln formed and cold worked glass, wood and paint. Photo: Adam McGrath
Cover image: fag (there’s glitter on the floor after the party), 2018, Kiln formed and cold worked glass, wood and paint. Photo: Wendy Dawes