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About Simon...

I’m a trans-man living and working in London. I transitioned in my early 30’s and began making art at roughly the same time, partly to explore and express my own transition and partly to pursue a more creative approach to life generally.

My original inspiration was the photography and films of those artists who document trans people and the diversity of the trans community. It was their work that enabled me to recognise my own trans self. However, my current interest is largely in work that moves away from photo-real representations of trans people and trans bodies, looking for different ways to discuss trans-life.

My practice often plays on the paradoxes of trans-existence and reflects on my own experiences as a trans-man. Although my work draws on those experiences, much of it could be interpreted without any reference to that aspect of my life at all, and through this approach, I hope to make work that is also meaningful to a wider audience.

I believe creative works of all kinds play a vital role in broadening the visibility of trans people and in developing a visible trans / gender variant / queer community and culture.

Before getting involved in art, I spent 10 years working in commercial manufacturing following a degree in Engineering, and the influences of this previous career are often evident in my work. 

I frequently work with themes of change, transformation and the idea of ‘constructive destruction’, using everyday or DIY materials in unexpected ways. I see a parallel between the processes involved in making and those of transition. In terms of materials, I’m attracted to those that reflect aspects of home, self-reliance and the personal, combining into a sense of being at home (or otherwise) in one’s own ‘constructed’ skin.

My exhibited work generally takes the form of objects, but also includes videos and photographs, many of which record events or processes, and sometimes text or installations.

Alongside my current practice, I work part time in the London voluntary sector, supporting a range of charities and other not-for-profit organisations.

Simon Croft

For more information please take a look at my CV