Matthew: Reflection

When signing up to the project, I initially had the simple aim of expanding my knowledge of art and its interpretation. Indeed, studying art history as a ‘Widening Horizons’ module, I thought ‘Rainbow Trail’ would be beneficial to my course. One of our taught frameworks for interpretation is Feminism and, as we view art through societal expectations and experiences of women, I was curious as to what a Queer/LGBTQ interpretation could bring to a work of art and why it wasn’t discussed as often as the likes of Feminism.

Thus, as this project has progressed, I feel like ‘Rainbow Trail’ has lifted some kind of veil through its close analysis of these hidden Queer histories. Even with the short time we’ve had on the project numerous historical figures, with contributions to both the arts and science, have been explored and their stories rediscovered through a Queer lens.

To those who do not see the importance in this form of investigation, the efforts of ‘Rainbow Trail’ are vital as it is bringing to light, and popularising, the kind of information that would be akin to studying an artist’s biography but never knowing their nationality. Sexuality and gender are major components of a persons’ character that, if exploring a certain vein of interpretation, influence and shape the course that artwork can take: consciously or subconsciously.

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