David Fiveash
Installation view: (l-r) Fiveash, Kahn, Ahearn

David Fiveash

I was introduced to art in church. As the son of a minister in a small south georgia town I, along with my sister, spent a great amount of my childhood under the steeple.

I was taught bible stories with felt storyboards, picture books, and puppet shows. Prints of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel cieling and other Renaissance Paintings adorned the corridors and fellowship halls. I became fascinated with the visual language of painting as well as the craft artworks made by the people in the church community.

These peices are based on the many banners that adorned the sanctuary. On these banners were bible verses as well as images of lambs, oil lamps, doves and other christian symbols. In contrast, I have chosen to personalize my banners with representations of my experience. These include personal secrets, fortune cookie readings, porno titles, nonsensical statements and Images that both support and challenge the text.

In America, the subjects of religion and sexuality seem to have irreconcilable differences much to the detrement of our pasts and upbringing. Members of the queer community are forced to decide between one or the other like choosing chicken or fish in the cafeteria.

As an artist, I have the ability to see these dicotomies and their lack of sense. As a queer artist, I have a responsibility to challenge these binary ways of thinking in order to broaden our capacity of our cultural conciousness.

Imaginary Girls (2008)
Fabric, felt, oil on canvas collage
4 x 5.5 feet