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Pink Fairies
Pink Fairies
Acrylic, thread, hummingbird feathers, plastic bag, pastel, mica rocks from Ward, CO and a dry eraser on constructed canvas
52 ” x 37 x 3.5”

Title refers to English rock band of the same name - active in the London underground and psychedelic scene of the early 1970's. The title also refers to hummingbirds which are sometimes called fairies, are sacred pollinators and in some cultures are associated with the spirit world. Additionally, “Fairy” is a common term of homophobic abuse that gay men have reclaimed. Since the 1970’s “fairy” or “faerie” has been used as a positive name for radical gay identity. Fairies are historically linked with gender transgression and homoeroticism in the pagan cultures of Europe.