Approved: 19.04.2011

Rhiannon Lowe

Curator, Maker, Publisher, Writer

Approved: 19.04.2011

"Man, I can’t tell you how relieved I was when you took off your dress, you didn’t have a dick", 2021/22, mixed media

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    Artist Statement

    "Man, I can’t tell you how relieved I was when you took off your dress, you didn’t have a dick", 2021/22, mixed media

    "Man, I can’t tell you how relieved I was when you took off your dress, you didn’t have a dick” says Clarence to Alabama in True Romance, as they sit high up, in front of the huge JMC truck billboard. Clarence’s post-sex relief is obvious; less so to most is the passing slap in the face of anyone watching who just might be trans or non-binary. Aw the early ‘90s. I still love and still hate that film. Some things in the world have changed; a great deal hasn’t.

    This is a collection of reworked pieces, objects and ephemera from Cekca Het: Trans Panic, my recent exhibitions and performances based around a never-to-make-it noise band project. Cekca Het: Trans Panic celebrates and explores my identity pre-, during and post transition, through a mix of text, installation, moving image, sound, costume and performance. The work collapses my past and present, seeks domestic escape from medical horrors and social fears, considers my wriggles for position within trans spaces and art communities, and takes swipes at transphobic individuals and media.

    The work was at at Freelands Foundation as part of their artist programme's cohort 2's show, and came out of my ongoing project and show Cekca Het: Trans Panic which showed at Mission Gallery, and @g39, Cardiff, as part of No Time To Plan An Ending (also including Becca & Clare, Freya Dooley, Rebecca Gould Will Roberts, Neasa Terry), in 2021

    Cekca Het: Trans Panic is me, me then and now. It’s a mess of noise and memory, hope and fear; it’s a paene to the long lost and a statement of intent; it’s an exploration of secrecy and a lived life; it’s a search for a safe place within the hard wild reality of being trans.

    The following is a text edit from Trans Panic magazine, produced as part of the exhibition at Mission Gallery, Swansea in 2021. 

    I'm caught between different states, officially: born and created in one, with time, experience, life, loves, people, messages, communications, paperwork to match (in the eyes of others); and living in another, one that I have been dreaming of, manufacturing and living for as many years as I can remember, to (re)make myself anew. I now have yet more proofs of who I am and will be; proofs on paper and trails online, proofs in stone, written, drawn, recorded; official statements in full. I have the beginnings of another whole lived life.
    This is another new year. I'm about 11 in new years; I am coming to that time when in my earlier life I like to think I made myself; me, my heart, my fears, my wants and desires, my places and loves, my confusions. It was the '80s; I was sneaking Smash Hits and Melody Maker under the covers, figuring the closest I'd get to being a woman was Martin L Gore, ffs.

    The work has been made during 2020/21, while based at g39, Cardiff on a Freelands Foundation fellowship, and developed from work supported by a grant from Arts Council Wales.

    For a look around my studio go here. This virtual studio tour was commissioned by Freelands Foundation and scanned and produced by The Net Gallery.

    CV & Education


    2022 - performace at SHIFT, Cardiff

    2022 - Aggregate 2022, group show and performance, Freelands Foundation, London

    2022 - Bath Fringe Art Fair, part of Umbrella's group exhibition

    2019 - Freelands Fellowship through g39, Cardiff (2019 - 2022)

    2021 - Cekca Het: Trans Panic

    2021 - This Is No Time To Plan An Ending, g39, Cardiff

    2021 - Conqueer, Strange Brew, Bristol

    2021 - Careful Networks, Phoenix Leicester

    2021 - Mission Gallery, Swansea



    2020 - Arts Council of Wales grant



    2019 - Warp library residency at g39, Cardiff - inc event, piulot launch of Cekca Het project


    Readings/Performances at

    2019 - Cekca Het @Shindig, Warp library g39, Cardiff

    2018 - Cut and Stick, Ollie Quinn, Queens Street, Cardiff

    2018 - There are no celebrities..., Three Doors Up, Queens Arcade, Cardiff

    2017 - Cardiff Artists Books, Printhaus, Cardiff

    2017 - Off the Page, Chapter, Cardiff



    2019 - visual/written response to Somewhere in the crowd there's you, Freya Dooley

    2018 - artwork for Carw's album Skinshed


    Previous solo showings

    2017 - The Back Wall, Oriel Myrddin,

    2016 - Arcadecardiff, Queens Arcade, Cardiff

    2015 - The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber

    2015 - Spit and Sawdust, Cardiff

    2013 - (with Emily Welham) Artlink, Hull

    2011 - Corridor Gallery, 20/21, Scunthorpe

    2011 - Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

    2011 - Meeting Room Gallery, South Square, Thornton, Bradford

    2010 - Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

    2005 - Being Around, various venues, Shrewsbury Arts Festival, Shrewsbury

    2004 - Waiting Room, Newtown Station, Newtown, Powys

    2002 - First Floor, Leicester University Library, Leicester

    2000 - Coffee Lounge, Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough

    1995 - Ozten Zeki Gallery, South Kensington, London


    Other group exhibitions

    2017 - Impressions of Wales, Oriel Ynys Mon

    2016 - City Stories, Mission Gallery, Swansea

    2011 - Make Room, Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff

    2011 - Open up North, Brewery Arts Centre and Abbott Hall, Kendal

    2010 - Open, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    2008 - if you build it they will come, g39, Cardiff

    2008 - re:drawing, Oriel Davies Gallery, Powys

    2001 - Open, City Gallery, Leicester

    1998 - Out, Crescent Arts, Scarborough

    1995 - Northern Graduates, Royal College of Art, London


    Degree shows

    1997 - Custard Factory, Birmingham , BIAD, Univeristy of Central England

    1995 - Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University