Lillian Colgan’s practice unpacks the different ways that queer folk encounter normative understandings of identity and considers how people navigate the complex emotional and psychological weight of queer embodiment. They are particularly interested in the ambivalent ways that social codes subtly inform the psyche of individuals as well as how feelings and learnt attitudes become enmeshed and indistinguishable.
Colgan approaches these ideas of self-determination and identity by drawing on their personal experiences as a non-binary trans person to produce multidisciplinary installations. Colgan utilises makeshift performance processes to create installations that typically include recorded performance, sound, photography, sculpture and/or short texts. Through these media, they attempt to manipulate the personal and political meaning of a given space, object or social dynamic.
Girl introjected is a large draping textile built from deconstructed dresses that slumps over change-room hooks. This work explores my internal relationships to gender, visibility and the symbolic power of garments.