Artist Ashton Attzs Reinvents The Everyday In 'Queering The Quotidian' Series
Ashton Attzs came into the mainstream eye at the latter end of 2018 when winning the Evening Standard Art Prize with their piece ‘Don’t Stay In Ya Lane’, an immediately visually striking piece showcasing androgynous swimmers against a stretching blue background; a tribute to ‘transgender people trying to stay afloat in difficult times’. The 20-year-old who, born and raised in Luton and a student of Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, has a whole portfolio equally as impressive as the piece that gained recognition.
Preferring the medium of acrylic, Attzs utilises a minimalist composition consisting of bold, contrasting colours around oftentimes brown subjects. Even more striking than their use of colour, however, might be the eyes of those they portray in their creations; never open, always closed. One could theorise that Attzs keeps their eyes closed because they embody the queer and transgender identity, to whom the world has not historically been kind. But maybe their eyes are closed as an act of defiance - maybe they’ll know what they’ll see, and have made the choice not to care.