Category Archives: Art

Artwork and various creative projects and obsessions from Berlin artist Suzanne Forbes.

The 60th Birthday show of legendary Berlin Drag King Bridge Markland!

Bridge Markland as Sascha for 60th Birthday special Feb 20 2021 by Suzanne ForbesOf course, Bridge Markland is far more than a Drag King.

Bridge, who I have drawn many times, is a performer in the classic tradition, a clown and puppeteer and artist’s model and archivist of Queer Berlin culture. She is an actor who can bring the ghosts of Weimar to life when inhabited by the spirit of Anita Berber, and a dancer who can grind it industrial. Sascha, above, is one of her classic characters!

And Bridge is a welcoming signpost to the young gender performers of Berlin.

Bleach for Bridge Markland 60th Birthday special Feb 20 2021 by Suzanne ForbesShe has a wonderful relationship with the Venus Boys and several joined her onstage.

Bleach, above, did a delicate transform into an ivory slip dress and loose blonde curls. I tried to capture the way their feminine beauty was visible even before the masculine drag was removed.

I am always excited to draw the amazing Venus Boys, “a collective of Berlin based Drag performers who paint from the palette of performative masculinity”.

Here’s a post about Bridge and Buba Sababa performing together last year.

Bridge Markland 60th Birthday special Feb 20 2021 by Suzanne ForbesBridge Markland, throwing away gender norms since 1995!

You love to see it. Bridge has a legendary tongue, this drawing does not exaggerate it!

It was a joy to document this show.

I am so grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support lets me keep documenting Berlin’s drag and burlesque performers while I work safely at home.

Imbolc crown in process – an act of faith!

UV resin and Angelina Fantasy Film Imbolc crown in process and snowy hof by Suzanne Forbes Feb 17 2021On Imbolc, February 1, I started a project I can’t finish until there are warm, sunny days.

It had been cold and grey for approximately ten million days in Berlin at that point, and it continued to be grey, plus snow and much, much colder. I wanted to make a project that celebrates Spring and green things growing – and I wanted to use UV resin.

UV resin and Angelina Fantasy Film Imbolc crown in process detail by Suzanne Forbes Feb 17 2021However, the UV resin curing-on-the-fly technique I’ve developed requires bright sunlight.

Basically, it only works from April to October in Germany. Much like Vitamin D production! The opalescent Angelina Fantasy Film I glued and melted onto a beaded floral and craft wire armature will be embellished by drips and drizzles and spikes of colored UV resin.

Like the Fire and Water crowns I made last summer, sitting in the boiling sun on the balcony!

UV resin and Angelina Fantasy Film Imbolc crown in process by Suzanne Forbes Feb 17 2021Once I had the bead armatures and Angelina Film structure built, I glued on ombre and iridescent beads and peals.

Then, there wasn’t anything else I could do! So I put the two layers of crown armature and other materials I’ll need in what I call a project kit (usually on a paper plate!), and set them aside until Spring. Trusting that Spring will come, trusting that I’ll be here to see it.

An act of faith.

UV resin and Angelina Fantasy Film materials kit by Suzanne Forbes Feb 17 2021This is my UV resin and Angelina Fantasy Film materials box.

Sourced from all over the world, and all neatly organized, ready for the sunny days!

Some other UV resin and Angelina Fantasy Film projects:

Mermaid Jewels!

Sacred Heart!

Gothic Rococo Insect Mirror Number 4!

Lux the Limb-Different Non-Binary Fetish Fairy!

I am so grateful for my Patreon Patrons’ support of my mixed media artwork, the place I feel safest with evolving and experimenting. It’s what I do instead of vacation 🙂 !