Rebecca Swan


Frankie by Rebecca Swan

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Frankie is quoted on page 44 of Assume Nothing, and they state; ‘I had a recurring dream through most of my teenage years and some of my twenties. The basic elements of the dream were that I’d sold my soul to the devil and he’d turned me into a boy. In one dream, that devil turned me into a little baby and then I grew rapidly into a huge adult male in the space of a few hours. In another one I had to rub my face and as I rubbed it the hair came through. So my physical body just metamorphosed into a male version. That sensation was so vivid. I’d always wake up feeling dreadfully disappointed.’

Frankie appears in four different images in the publication Assume Nothing. In each image, she adopts a different persona and is shown wearing differently gendered dress. Frankie states;

‘I’ve been a cross dresser from the age of about three or four. I used to always want to wear ties and shirts. My mother let me go to the Blossom Festival in Hastings in shorts with a fly, a white shirt and tie and my hair was really short. I was about four or five. All these people were saying, “Is this your son?” My mother would say, “no, it’s my daughter.” People were quite taken aback. I thought I looked really neat, but we got this negative reaction from my mother’s friends. My mother is quite an unusual woman really. She’s not happy that I’m gay. She probably blames herself for taking me to the Blossom Festival wearing a tie.’

Rebecca Swan
Production date
silver gelatin selenium toned
920 x 743 x 60 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2019
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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