Tag Archives: Suzanne Forbes

Archives drawings: San Francisco in the Oughts.

Leah dancing the tango at El Valenciana 2005ish by Suzanne Forbes This is Leah dancing the tango at El Valenciana in 2005.

I met Leah through my oldest friend, Victoria. Going to draw her dancing was one of my early conscious moments of “documentary drawing” of Bay Area culture.

Eugene Wong law office 2002 by Suzanne Forbes aka Rachel ForbesThe law office of Eugene Wong, 2002.

My second ex-husband was a foreign national, and Eugene managed the green card process. I believe our friend Shinsaku referred us to Eugene, who did a good job at a good price. I made this drawing on the back of some form while we were waiting one day.

Noise Party 2004 by Suzanne Forbes aka Rachel ForbesNoise Party, Berkeley, 2004.

Logan and JD, close friends of my second ex-husband and I in the Oughts, gave marvelous parties, including ones called “Noise Parties”. Like a kind of John Cage experimental sound thing! For one of the early ones my ex and I wrapped ourselves in bubble wrap and rolled up the garden path, popping and crackling!

These drawings had been scanned but not posted, and were languishing in a backup file inside many folders.

I am so grateful to my Patrons on Patreon, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me to take time to document my art archives.


A portrait sitting with Ixa Psyborg, multi-talented Berlin music creator!

Ixa at Adenauerplatz Nov 10 2021 by Suzanne ForbesWhat a joy it was to spend time drawing Ixa!

We met on Adenauerplatz, near my home, and sat outside in the Fall air talking for hours. I gave them the mask/headpiece I made them and it fit perfectly! We had so much to talk about, with our shared love of alien technology, Kirby Krackle and futuristic urban glam.

Ixa at Adenauerplatz Nov 10 2021 by Suzanne Forbes detail Ixa’s new EP “Androidgyne” had just dropped that week, and it is SO GOOD.

It’s incredibly exciting to see a creator developing their rich powers like this. Check out Ixa’s new music video for “Codex” on Youtube, Codex streaming on soundcloud, and  “Androidgyne” on Bandcamp. You will be glad you did.

I so look forward to drawing Ixa performing their new music live, in their fantastic alien cyborg style and cybernetic bodypaint. Meanwhile, you can see some clips here! My previous drawing of Ixa is here.

This is Ixa’s new video “Demi Urge”.

You can also see Ixa perform at the recent CTMFestival “Queers in Concert” show held at flagship Berlin queer club Schwuz. Their blacklight body paint is by artist Eva Schumy.

Also, Ixa appears in the debut film by Dornika, “Dream Dwellers”, which premiered at Schwules Museum last night!

You may remember Dornika AKA ManyFacedGodx from this drawing session, which happened right after costume fitting for Dream Dwellers. You can watch Dream Dwellers for free on the queer anti-capitalist platform Realitytvwow, right here! Also, Ixa is a contestant in the Mx. Kotti Drag Pageant November 19th!

This is Ixa’s bio:

Ixa is a DJ, drag performer, performance artist, and self-proclaimed cyborg from a race of bioluminescent extraterrestrial creatures with Nubian features booming in speakers. Their psychedelic music combines elements of loud, digital distortion incorporating idm and industrial, with trap/hip hop at the core. Their new EP ANDROIDGYNE, released in August, begins with a conceptual premise of the rendering of a liquid rainbow anomaly into their native form as Ixa. In order to survive the planet’s atmospheric conditions, they have begun searching for Earthly technology to fuse with their body.

I am such a fan and so glad to know this preternatural galactic being as a friend.

Portrait session thanks to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me to continue making art as a vaccinated but Covid-vulnerable disabled person.

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