Bi in the 2000s™

Art series exploring bisexuality and visibility, as a teenager in the UK in the 2000s

This 9-part illustrative series, that I’ve hand-painted using watercolour, explores my own experiences growing up in the UK as a teenager in the 2000s, as someone that identifies as bisexual.

I’ve focused on various everyday situations and spaces growing up, such as in the library, on a school bus, in the classroom, in a club and on a dating app, to highlight the lack of visibility of bisexuality in my everyday life at the time.

I released this series on Bisexuality Visibility Day on 23rd September 2020 to contribute to the topic of bisexuality visibility, by sharing my own experiences through art.

I will also soon be releasing a poetry series regarding the topic of bisexuality in the 2000s, stay tuned for more content!

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