PRIDE

Sarah Trotter

2020

We can all be proud of our gender identity, choosing whatever colour/s we want to be, showing strength and courage like lions. In this work, Sarah invites us to “connect through a lion’s gaze, questioning inequality and striving for inclusivity”.

Sarah inspires hope that we can compassionately connect, make space for each other, and celebrate the complexity, diversity and beauty of the human and natural world. There is love and joy in “all of life’s colours given to us so generously from this world and our surrounding cosmos”. We now must come together to celebrate and protect this beauty by slowing down the Climate Crisis and addressing and facing up to issues of justice and intersectionality.

About the artist

Hello! I’m Sarah, I am a UK based artist who creates authentic, detailed, abstract colourful and hybrid artworks that inspire an awareness of the natural world. I enjoy encouraging creativity through collaboration & inclusivity. My vision is to create a kinder and compassionate world through art, fun, craft and play. I believe that everyone has the ability to be creative and deserves to express it through any way they choose to.

How does this piece express intersectionality?

Pride also draws on the residual effects of the colonial era with exploitation of the natural world, particularly, in this case, the hunting of lions. As this piece highlights, lions continue to be under threat due to poaching and habitat changes from climate change and environmental destruction.

Highlighting the significant violence and discrimination experienced during both the colonial era and into the present day is extremely important. It is even more vital to highlight non-heterosexual or binary identities which were often criminalised and still are in some post-colonial countries. The lasting impacts of Colonialism pervade modern society, with its legacies directly influencing dynamics of power, violence, privilege and discrimination.

Colonial power dynamics created binaries of male/female, white/non-white, coloniser/colonised, culture/nature in which the former could control the latter through a process of dehumanisation. By removing diversity, fluidity, and non-binary life, colonialism and its continuing legacies have caused significant violence.

Sarah shows us instead that we can see nature and life to be full of abundant colour and diversity, and it something we should come together to celebrate rather than centre one version of beauty, which is so often white, cis privilege. Climate activism must be anti-colonial, anti-racist, anti-sexist and pro-LGBTQ+.

“PRIDE encourages the acceptance of personal individuality and gender identity” showing that we do not “have to feel bound to the conforms of society and patriarchy”

How can you act?

Diversify your feed and listen to different perspectives from your own, including those who identify as LGBTQ+

Educate yourself on the links between colonialism, discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, and environmental destruction

Find out more how queer movements can inspire and inform climate activism

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