Ruairí Valentine’s practice engages with the intersections of queerness, the body, gender, intimacy, and faith.
Their work includes painting, writing, and the making of soft things, as well as playful acts of sharing, and the experimental development of platforms for collaboration and critique. They are interested in transformation of the self and of society, and in imagining queerer more expansive futures. Love is central to their work, which draws on their own experiences of radical intimacy and of being a nonbinary trans person. They play with kitsch aesthetics and tongue in cheek humour to challenge the isolation we accept as normal, and to ask how radical queer care might offer alternatives for a more loving society.
Ruairí graduated from Falmouth University with a BA in Fine Art in 2021 and, following a six-month studio residency at CAST in Helston, has returned to London to undertake a Research Masters at the Royal College of Art.