She is Juiced, opens up the worlds, works and creative juices of four powerful and passionate LGBTQIA+ female artists. Filmed with their work, they question and share, how we express all of who we are, and all of who we can dare to be.
From winning art in Madonna’s Artforfreedom awards, Pleasure and online Pornography, crackling word mash-ups of Love and Loss, to Queer Community Portraiture, Jo Hay, Ope Lori, Peta Lily and Sarah Jane Moon work with their sexuality, gender, difference and humour to squeeze the best from life through Art.
Filmed entirely by first time feature film maker and creative Artist Lois Norman, this is a sensitive work that allows space to experience four vital and diverse, female, creative impulses, both through the eyes of fellow creatives and in their own words,
Slice One – Jo Hay
A Short Film By Lois Norman that explores the Benders Series of Paintings, By Female Artist Jo Hay.
She is Juiced: Slice One-Jo Hay, is a filmic exploration that finds us immersed in the work and character of the profoundly moving Female LGBTQIA+ British /American Provincetown Portrait Painter: Jo Hay. We witness her world through her series of gender fluid, ‘Benders’ paintings.
Since her childhood in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Jo was captivated by the flamboyantly styled androgynous UK glam rock bands of the 1970’s and later when moving to the USA, where she now lives and works, the drag queens and transsexuals on the streets of east village in 1990’s NYC.
In the ‘Benders’ series we see that captivation creating a unique space, where she makes it possible to experience and express an innate sense of both sexes in a work. Hay’s creative honesty offers her audience a sensual understanding of psychological and biological perception of ‘male’ and ‘female’ and both a compassionate and exhilarating expression of the visual and emotional confusion that gender duality can produce and the courage it takes to live it.
Jo Hay- Featured Artist, She Is Juiced
‘It’s the honesty of this film that is so powerful. Lois is able to plunge into the depths of the interview format, to reveal the true nature of her subjects. Witnessing myself working was both shocking and reassuring—I saw myself as a painter.’
Slice 2 – Ope Lori
A Short Film by Lois Norman exploring work on Pleasure & the Female Body by Visual Artist, Ope Lori.
In She is Juiced: Slice Two – Ope Lori, we explore British Nigerian Visual Artist, Ope Lori’s work, as she highlights the dark corners of online Pornography and the Erotic, re-frames racial and Lesbian stereotypes and lets the concept of desire, the body and pleasure nurture her creativity.
Specialising in using video and photography in her political practice Ope has now shown nationally and internationally alongside world revered artists such as Kara E Walker and Ayana V Jackson.
In this slice of film, trailblazing British Caribbean Artist, Sonia Boyce OBE RA, interdisciplinary Playwright, Artist and Curator Michael McMillan and pioneering LGBTQIA+ Fine Art Photographer, Ajamu, whose own work reflects Ope’s in the exploration of same-sex desire and the Black body, help pull into focus, an exciting snapshot exploring sexual pleasure and sexuality, gender and difference and… a new way of looking
Ope Lori – Featured Artist
‘It’s not often that as a lens-based artist, that you feel comfortable with the camera’s gaze being pointed back on yourself, but it was a totally comfortable and liberating feeling, with everything laid bare. Much of my work is about the problems of representation and how specifically black and white, dark-skinned and light-skinned women are made to appear, according to stereotypes of race and gender, however being part of She is Juiced was testament that going beyond representation to the heart of the matter is possible. This was a sincere and intimate journey with the Director Lois Norman on making sure my work and its intentions were shown openly, honestly and importantly reflected one’s self.’
Slice 3 – Peta Lily
A Short Film By Lois Norman that celebrates the Words & World of Live Artist Peta Lily.
She is Juiced: Slice Three-Peta Lily, is a filmic exploration that dives into the physical and vocal world of a pioneer of, and advocate for, Solo performance: Australian/ British Artist, Peta Lily.
As a Woman who is part of the key period in the 80’s and early 90’s that helped shape British Physical Theatre, a women who has survived Breast Cancer, love and loss, this film is very much ‘written on’ a Woman’s body: a poignant and inspiring body of work, at work.
With insights and humour from British Live performance Icons such as Liz Aggiss and Di Sherlock, female performers such Charmain Wombwell, Drag Kings, Two Tongue Theatre and Producer/Director Sharon Burrell, this short film allows a window into Peta’s unique mix of theatre, storytelling and rhythmic verse, alongside words and work related to her shows Topless, Midriff, Chastity Belt and Imperfection: ‘there’s always so much more to be explored’.
Peta Lily – Featured Artist
‘Lois is a woman of vision, humility and humanity. She brings her artistry and insights to celebrate and enunciate the work of others. She sees, captures, connects the dots – it was such a privilege to be part of ‘She is Juiced’ along with these other exceptional artists. The world has a habit of allowing female contributions to culture to slip below water level. Lois Norman’s work creates visibility and legacy.’
Slice 4 – Sarah Jane Moon
A Short Film By Lois Norman that celebrates the Queer Portraiture Of Artist Sarah Jane Moon.
She is juiced: Slice Four – Sarah Jane Moon explores the work and world of New Zealand/British, Portrait and Figurative Painter, Sarah Jane Moon, as she uses her brush to make visible London’s Queer community: into the limelight and onto the canvas!
With words from her sitters: Writer Julia Bell, The Butch Monologues and Drakes Writer and Performer, Laura Bridgeman, Trailblazing RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner, Charlotte Harris. Artist Stav B, Muffin Hix, Stonewall and more, we delve into the London Queer Creative scene, where our understanding is deepened as to the importance and impact of Art in expressing Lesbian, Butch, Trans and Queer Community and Identity, to the people who live it.
As a very visible Lesbian who is Included in the Pride Power List, who’s Art has supported Stonewall UK, Terrence Higgins Trust and Pride in London, this slice of film also connects us with Sarah Jane’s story, her work, her take on the traditional ‘sexually normalised’ understanding of portraiture and a new and exciting world of Queer identity, intimacy and community that her Art allows
Artist’s Comments – She Is Juiced
Sarah Jane Moon – Featured Artist
‘I trust Lois instinctively and very much like her ethos. It is also hugely important to me that we are seen. Women painters working at a professional level are still few enough to be worthy of comment. Lesbians even more so. It is vital that those of us who sit comfortably with these labels stand up as positive role models of difference and strength and confidence and joy!’