I Was a 20th Century Lesbian > 1: The Curse

"Chapter One" of I Was a 20th Century Lesbian, The Curse, explores the uncomfortable relationship between gays and god. I know a lot about both, having been raised in a Christian Protestant church, “born again” in adolescence, and rejected from that fundamentalist community when I came out as gay. These pieces are mostly about that period of rejection, before I found a community of people like me.

There are an enormous number of people—and I am one of them—whose native religion, for better or worse, is Christianity. We were born to it; we began to learn about it before we became conscious; it is, whatever we think of it, an intimate belonging of our being; it informs our consciousness, our language, our dreams. ~ Wendell Berry

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)