Xtra! , a weekly tabloid that bills itself as "Ottawa's gay and lesbian newspaper", has a cover story this week profiling poet and performance artist Danniel Oickle, accompanied by the illustration shown at right:
Pop music, avant-garde performance, video, photography and painting — Oickle is without a doubt one of Ottawa’s most prolific artists, producing work at an astonishing rate in a variety of mediums. It was just last March that Xtra called Oickle’s multidisciplinary performance work Corruption of Flesh “a piece where sexuality and religion collide to electric effect.”Oickle draws inspiration for his work from his childhood in a strict Christian family:
Oickle was raised in a straight-laced Baptist military family. As harsh as that sounds for a creative queer kid, it was his early experiences singing in church and being home schooled by his artistic parents that sparked his interest in becoming an artist.All I can add is the observation that it's a good thing he wasn't born in a straight-laced Shiite family in Pakistan.