Q&A with The Huxleys
We adore The Golden Girls
We spend so much of our time absorbing art. Reading books, listening to music, watching films and live performances. Art feeds us and inspires us. We find music is really important when we are making costumes, or photographing our work. It gives us a mood and an energy in the work. We often sketch and draw out ideas and shapes, however basic these often lead to new costumes and new images. Our work always starts as a visual. We make all the elements and then photograph or video the final creation. Once we have the visual it can then become a live performance. We call our process from stage to page. Over time we’ve gotten more audacious and more ridiculous. We don’t do practical.
We draw inspiration from art and art history. We are great lovers of all art forms and will spend as much time as possible experiencing and immersing ourselves in art. Music, Performance, Movies, Visual art. It all inspires us. We also turn to nature for inspiration. It is so alive and full of unique beauty. The colours in nature can be so incredible and so lurid.
We are so proud of our series ‘Places or Worship’ which was shown last year at the CCP. It was a culmination of several years of work and showcased our photography, costume, video and performance skills. We paid homage to the beauty and isolation of the natural world. And evoked a feeling of what it is like to stand out in the world.
Photography was what led us to dream of a brighter future. Growing up as queer kids not fitting in. It was the images of people like Leigh Bowery, David Bowie, Grace Jones and the works of Cindy Sherman that gave us a vision of a more exotic and glamorous life. These images glimpsed in magazines and books were life changing. Photography allows us to capture and distill all the elements of art that we love into one work. Costume, makeup, performance. It is a great form for escapism.
We love dancing. Playing disco music and dreaming of wild glamour.
That too much is never enough.
That all the things society tells you are wrong with you will be the things that make you when you grow up.