Toxic Queen : David McDiarmid
Dr Sally Gray is a creative thinker whose self-crafted career has been independent and inventive. She is currently a writer, curator, artist, concept developer and creative producer with projects realised, nationally and internationally, under the umbrella of the arts consultancy she founded in May 1994.
Sally, Gray, Sydney, Artist, Curator
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Toxic Queen : David McDiarmid

Toxic Queen : David McDiarmid


In 1992 David McDiarmid created a punk/situationist ‘zine of fierce uncompromising rage, an artist book he called Toxic Queen, made up of thirty double-sided leaves, spiral bound with board covers and presented in a box. The work lampooned fear-mongering tabloid responses to AIDS and the routine homophobia re-energised by the epidemic. The work is pre-digital, preceding the Rainbow Aphorisms of 1993-4. Text for Toxic Queen was hand-drawn, cut and pasted, blown up and re-photocopied. Transparent acetate sheets were printed with found print materials to be laid over the first print run and re-photocopied in a laborious crafted process. The exhibition consisted of thirty-four printed leaves selected, grouped and signed by McDiarmid for exhibition.

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