ARTWORK > I Was a 20th Century Lesbian

+++Current Ongoing Project+++

In the last half century (my own lifetime), we have advanced from a situation where homosexuals could be prosecuted for having sex in our own homes to the Supreme Court declaring that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. It’s easy to forget how we got here, and to whom we are indebted for our good fortune.This body of work is an examination of the trajectory of the lives of LGBTQ people over the last half century and a celebration of the progress of gay liberation. The series will consist of both loose prints and a few sets of prints bound into book form. It is a four-part series with the first two parts now completed.

Chapter One, The Curse, consists of images of isolation and exile.

Chapter Two, Counterspells, celebrates eleven organizations that brought gay rights forward in the second half of the 20th century.

Chapters Three and Four will include portraits of gay people who have both contributed to American life and culture and also grappled with religion (Christopher Isherwood, James Baldwin), and a number of more abstract pieces that appropriate religious language to describe gay eroticism and sensibility.

2014
Chapter opener for "I Was a 20th Century Lesbian" image of hands pointing and a garden of eden
Woodblock print
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
Moku hanga woodblock print by Annie Bissett showing a small figure walking in snow scene
Japanese woodblock (mokuhanga)
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
Moku hanga woodblock print by Annie Bissett showing a small figure walking in snow scene
Japanese woodblock (mokuhanga)
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
Moku hanga woodblock print by Annie Bissett showing a small figure walking in snow scene
Japanese woodblock (mokuhanga)
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
moku hanga woodblock print: An image of a young boy singing in a church with a minister standing near him.
Woodblock print
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
moku hanga woodblock print: image of a millstone sinking in water.
Woodblock print
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
Moku hanga woodblock print by Annie Bissett showing a lonely child in a gradeschool class picture
Japanese woodblock (mokuhanga)
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
Moku hanga woodblock print by Annie Bissett with text: the words I love you covered with anti-gay hate words
Japanese woodblock (mokuhanga)
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
Mokuhanga woodblock print by Annie Bissett, a reproduction of an email sent to Rev. Jerry Falwell in 2001 after 9/11
Japanese woodblock (mokuhanga)
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
A moku hanga woodblock print by Annie Bissett with an image of the 13th station and a list of LGBT people who have been murdered (hate crimes) in the past 30 years.
Woodblock print
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
moku hanga woodblock print: ruby slippers with some rubber stamp dialog from the Wizard of Oz
Woodblock print and rubber stamping
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
Chapter opener for "I Was a 20th Century Lesbian," image of pink triangle sewn over blue and white stripes
Woodblock print and cotton thread
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
White line woodcut, Mattachine Society, gay history
White Line Woodcut with Toner Transfer
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
White line woodcut, Daughters of Bilitis, gay history
White Line Woodcut
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
White line woodcut, raised fist, Gay Liberation Front, gay history
White Line Woodcut with Toner Transfer
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
White line woodcut, Black Lesbian Caucus, gay history
White Line Woodcut
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
White line woodcut, Lavender Menace, gay history
White Line Woodcut
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
White line woodcut, National Transsexual Counseling Unit, gay history
White Line Woodcut
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
White line woodcut, Dignity USA, Integrity, cross, gay history
White Line Woodcut
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
White line woodcut, Parents and Friends fo Lesbians and Gays, PFLAG, gay history
White Line Woodcut
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
White line woodcut, Radical Faeries, gay history
White Line Woodcut with Toner Transfer
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
White line woodcut, GLAD, Lambda Legal, gay history
White Line Woodcut
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)
White line woodcut, ACT UP, gay history, pink triangle, silence = death
White Line Woodcut and Rubber Stamping
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)