French Street, Glasgow
Engaging with my own queerness in a body which is other, embracing the odd, the uncanny and the feeling of becoming other. The act of becoming Betty the Strawberry is the act of understanding my own queerness, understanding the issues Betty faces and what others see in them. It’s not easy being red, living life the colour of blood, it’s not easy being red it seems you don’t blend in with other ordinary things.
This exhibition explores Bry’s ongoing existence as her alter ego Betty the Strawberry, the childhood experiences and supermarket mascot that helped form Betty, and how these channel through Betty to depict Bry’s relationship with her own queerness and the body.
As Betty, Bry explores how the tension between your physical and mental self is pulled farther apart when either experiences sickness or a change of state. Betty provides a vessel for exploring the body as a physical manifestation of being othered - by external sources for living as a queer body and resisting societal norms, as well as internally; othered by your own body and how you perceive yourself within it. Exhibited all together for the first time in Bry's first solo exhibition in the UK, Becoming Red presents an autobiographical archive of Betty the Strawberry, depicted through moving image, print, painting, and performance.
Text : Cabbage, Jenny Tipton
Exhibition photos : Sean Patrick Campbell
Opening photos : Alexis Galbrun-Thauré