by JD Howse
Anonymous Structures explores the tension between familiarity and distance in sexual contexts. The piece was inspired by an experience of narrowly avoiding sexual assault due to the intervention of an onlooker. The text is taken from philosophy textbooks, while the images are collaged from vintage pornography, which has been cropped and distorted to erase identifying features of the films and performers. The work uses digital and sexual spheres to explore disconnects between internal and external perceptions of the self, and question the ways in which sexuality may allow someone to drift into a conception of 'audience' that excuses them from fully acknowledging their role as 'participant'. The piece hopefully raises uncomfortable questions about the role of participant and onlooker, in sexual scenarios but also in the interpretation of art.
JD Howse is a poet who works across text, image, and video. His work has appeared in Rewilding, Spam, Fruit, Datableed, Stride, and others. He has also self-published a number of artist's books and zines. He is the curator of Permeable Barrier and formerly co-ran the LGBT+ poetry night Theatre of Failure.
JD can be found on instagram @jdhowse or online at jdhowse.com