The Queen of the Cross is a vibrant new Duchamp Wall Commission by Courtenay McCue, inspired by Carlotta; a Gold Coast icon, fearless cabaret dancer and LGBTQ activist.
The Queen of the Cross is a tribute to a woman who has inspired countless people through the decades of her ground-breaking career, dedicated to further inspire strength and collectivity in the community.
Courtenay situates vintage or historic imagery in a contemporary reference, here cleverly transforming a doorway into a dressing room, under the guise of a magazine cover. The composition emulates an issue of Life magazine while offering a chronicle of Carlotta’s life. Rife with symbols and references, including Courtenay’s trademark CRT, it celebrates Carlotta.
Onsite from 11 -22 Feb Courtenay invites patrons to view the creation of the mural. Kids can get involved too and join Courtenay on 16 Feb – drop in between 10am-2pm to try your hand at stencilling or tagging.
The Duchamp Wall will feature Queen of the Cross until July 2019.
Read more about Courtenay, her practise and The Duchamp Wall on our Stories page.
Courtenay will be back on 9 March to run ArtLab | Stencil Stars; for young artists, who will create a layered artwork using spray paint and stencils under her direction.
Image One: Tim Marsden / @the_photo_coach