above: Animal Queendom #1 Giraffe, 2018
Leah Emery: Animal Queendom
1 November – 1 December
Leah Emery embroiders vintage titillating scenes, quite literally interweaving and disrupting cliché stereotypes of gender and desire. In her latest series, Animal Queendom, Emery brings animals into the frame. These disinterested bystanders create a divide from the explicit content and offer a space for normalising discussions around intimacy.
As the title of the series beacons, Emery addresses our tendency to employ male pronouns and gives voice to the female species. In Animal Queendom #3 and #4 a peahen and bird of paradise are seen on…