You Brought Your Own Light
18 - 24 June 2020
Allie's photographic portraiture recognises that there is nothing linear, defined or straightforward about femininity, or what it means to be a woman, in the 21st century. Sex and gender are not limited to the monolithic paradigm of genetics; they are informed by something intangible, this is the essence of the female paradox. Her work is characterised by a disarming authenticity evoked by the value she places in the individual, their story, and the moment. Her first body of work,“You Brought Your Own Light” exhibited in the summer of 2018 with the National Transgender Charity and is now Arts Council England funded to create a book exploring trans and non binary narratives. The book will be produced by Alan Ward, published by Axis and written by Olivia Fisher. One of the pieces, "Grace", won the BJP Portrait of Britain 2019.
"The only real choice in transitioning is between living as your true self or not living at all. Up until I came out, I was in a bad place in my life. I was struggling with anxiety and depression linked to that and coming out felt like a huge weight had been lifted from me. It felt like the turning point, when things started to get better. Finally having an understanding of myself, a sense of belonging helped me feel better about my life. Thank you for helping me see myself in a new light.” Abi
“Growing up shrouded, often in overwhelming sadness, because of something you have no sense of control over or the vocabulary, the terminology to express the dark feelings of despair. To break that bondage to become the woman I have always known I am is utter relief and freedom that so few can relate to. I'm one of the lucky ones.” Claire
“The liberation of being true to myself is like getting my head above water after my lungs have been burning and screaming for air. The positive ramifications, upon my mental health and confidence in creativity as an artist, are beyond measure." Joni
© Allie Crewe, Grace.