Tee Corinne

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Tee A. Corinne
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Tee A. Corrine
Born Linda Tee Cutchin
(1943-11-03)November 3, 1943
St. Petersburg, Florida
Died August 27, 2006(2006-08-27) (aged 62)
Southern Oregon, United States of America
Nationality American
Occupation Photographer, visual artist, writer and activist

Tee Corine (November 3, 1943 – August 27, 2006) was a lesbian visual artist notable for the portrayal of sexuality in her artwork.

Early life and education[edit]

Corinne was born and grew up in Florida. Her mother introduced her to principles and techniques for making visual art. According to Corinne, "I have seldom succeeded in keeping a diary, but I have almost always carried a drawing pad, and since my eighth year, I have also had a camera."

With a B.A. in printmaking and painting (with minors in English and history) from University of South Florida, Corrine went onto get an M.F.A. in drawing and sculpture at Pratt Institute in 1968. After a few years of teaching and backpacking in Europe, she became attracted to the back-to-the-land movement and communal living. She was also, in her words, sliding into suicidal depression.

"Something didn't feel right. Nowadays they talk about over-achieving adult children of alcoholics and the problems they have with depressions . . . Around the age of thirty I realized that art could no longer solve my problems . . . I found therapy, separated from my husband, became involved with women and joined the Women's Movement. I felt better."[1]

Career[edit]

According to Completely Queer : The Gay and Lesbian Encyclopedia, "Corinne is one of the most visible and accessible lesbian artists in the world."[2]

Corinne began exhibiting and publishing art and writing in the mid-1960s. She was a co-facilitator of the Feminist Photography Ovulars (1979–1981) and a co-founder of The Blatant Image, A Magazine of Feminist Photography (1981–1983). She was the author of one novel, three collections of short stories, four books of poetry and numerous artists books and small edition publications.

Family, her show of mixed media drawings about growing up in an alcoholic family, has been the subject of a video interview by Jane Scott Productions. Portfolios of her art have been published in Lesbian Subjects, Feminist Studies, Gallerie: Women's Art, The Advocate, Philadelphia Gay News, The Lesbian Inciter, I Am My Lover (first edition, 1979) and Femalia.

In 1980, she was one of the ten invited artists whose work was exhibited in the Great American Lesbian Art Show.

In the early 1980s, Tee Corinne developed strong personal and artistic connections to Oregon after she moved to southern Oregon and lived and became active in the many women's communities springing up in the area. As she notes in one of her manuscripts, "Slowly, in Oregon, I reconnected with the deep levels of creativity that run in me and began producing work which pleased me."

She became adept at representing lesbian sexuality in ways that would elude the male gaze. In 1982, she produced a series of photographs called Yantras of Womanlove. Concerned with protecting the privacy of her models, she used techniques involving multiple prints, solarization, images printed in negative, and multiple exposures. Tee consistently and conscientiously included women of color, overweight women, older women, and women with disabilities as her subjects. Sometimes printers would refuse to print her works and art galleries would refuse to show it. In 1975, she self-published the Cunt Coloring Book, which is still in print today.

Corinne wrote about art for a variety of publications and, from 1987, was the art books columnist for Feminist Bookstore News. A co-founder and past co-chair of the Gay & Lesbian Caucus (an affiliated society of the College Art Association), she also co-founded the Women's Caucus for Art Lesbian & Bisexual Caucus. In 1989, Corrine received a Lambda literary award in the lesbian anthology category for her editing of Intricate Passions (published by Banned Books).[3]

In 1991, she was chosen by Lambda Book Report as one of the fifty most influential lesbians and gay men of the decade, and in 1997 she received the Women's Caucus for Art President's Award for service to women in the arts.[2]

Perhaps her best known work is the cover of the 1993 self-titled debut album of the English alternative rock band Suede.

In 1998, her photographs appeared on the cover and sleeve of the timmikat ReCoRDS' release, "Milkshake: A CD to Benefit The Harvey Milk Institute"

Personal life[edit]

In 1966, Corinne married the man she described as her 'best friend'.[4] She came out in 1975[5] at which time she was in a relationship with Honey Lee Cottrell. Over the years, Corrine embarked upon relationships with Caroline Overman (early 1980s), Lee Lynch (mid 1980's) and Beverly Anne Brown (1989–2005).[5]

Death and legacy[edit]

Corinne died on the 27th August 2006[6] in Southern Oregon after a struggle with liver cancer. She was 62 years old. Her manuscript collection was donated to the University of Oregon Libraries, and is now housed in the library's Special Collections unit. The collection includes correspondence, literary manuscripts, artwork, photographs, artifacts, and other documents that reflect Corinne's life and work.[7]

Moonforce Media created the Tee A. Corinne Prize for Lesbian Media Artists in 2006 to annually honor Corinne as an artist with bold vision and a fierce dedication to encouraging and preserving lesbian art. The award is an unrestricted grant of up to $1,000 annually. The prize is dedicated to artists working in photography, film, video, digital media, new media, or any fusions of these forms and in any genre including documentary, narrative, experimental, or any other styles or combination of genres. The award furthers Corinne's wish that individual lesbian artists be financially supported to work independently and without censorship.[8]

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Cunt Coloring Book. San Francisco: Pearlchild, 1975; San Francisco: Last Gasp, 1988. Also published as Labiaflowers. Tallahassee, FL: Naiad Press, 1981.
  • Courting Pleasure. Austin: Banned Books, 1994.
  • Family: About Growing Up In An Alcoholic Family. North Vancouver, BC: Gallerie, 1990.
  • Lesbian Muse: The Women Behind the Words. Portland, OR: Chance Publications, 1989.
  • The Sex Lives of Daffodils: Growing Up As An Artist Who Also Writes. Wolf Creek, OR: Pearlchild 1994, 1997.
  • Twenty-Two Years, 1970-1992. Wolf Creek, OR: Pearlchild, 1992.
  • Wild Lesbian Roses: Essays on Art, Rural Living, and Creativity, 1986-1995, Wolf Creek, OR, Pearlchild, 1997.
  • Yantras of Womanlove. Tallahassee, FL: Naiad Press, 1982.
  • The Little Houses on Women’s Land (2002)
  • Drawing as a Problem-Solving Activity (2002)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3693/is_200607/ai_n17178702/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Tee Corinne - Biography". Queer-arts.org. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  3. ^ "2nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards". 30 July 1990. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Tee A. Corinne's Personal Statement". Varo Registry. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  5. ^ a b Corinne, Tee A. "Scars, Stoma, Ostomy Bag, Portacath: Picturing Cancer In Our Lives". glbtq. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  6. ^ Silverberg, Cory (December 27, 2006). "Sexual Losses 2006". Sexuality.about.com. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  7. ^ "Knight Library Hosts Exhibit on Artist and Writer Tee Corinne". University of Oregon Libraries. October 8, 2008. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  8. ^ Belge, Kathy (2006-08-27). "Tee Corinne Lesbian Artist (1943-2006)". Lesbianlife.about.com. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 

Additional sources[edit]

  • Corinne, Tee A. The Sex Lives of Daffodils: Growing Up as an Artist Who Also Writes. Wolf Creek, OR : Pearlchild, c1997 Sherman, Phillip and Samuel Bernstein, eds.
  • Uncommon Heroes. Fletcher Press, c1994
  • Queer arts.org. "Obscurely Famous," an interview with Tee Corinne. September 1998. (August 27, 2003).

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