James Barth is a visual artist who works primarily with painting and digital media. Incorporating motifs and devices drawn from fashion photography and technosexual imagery, their work addresses problems of the feminised body, queer theory, and transgender representations in contemporary imagery.
Barth’s work explores the divisions of their emotional and intellectual cognitions in how they present and perceive personal gendered narratives. Through the use of photography and self-portraiture, Barth addresses the ambivalence of their current gendered body and the significance of self censorship and visibility in relation to trans bodies. Barth’s work oscillates between an introspective reflection on their personal physicality and an outward statement challenging heteronormative dogma evident in technosexualised imagery.
In 2015 James graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, and had their first solo show at Woolloongabba Art Gallery titled, Otonoaroid. James was also a finalist in the Churchie National Emerging art prize in 2015, and has been selected for the 2016 Redlands Konica Minolta Art prize in New South Wales.