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On top of that, XXXora is launching her Silver Box exhibition at the Groucho Club in central London in May.It is believed to be the first series of pieces exploring the role of the hermaphrodite in nature.A turning point came when I realised there were men who were attracted to me for who I was. Yet, there is still a huge taboo for those who choose to shun binary gender classifications.
"I predominantly work with optical illusions, as in many respects I was born an optical illusion." Self-taught, XXXora has always made art. XXXora breeds them and one picture from a series called "The Crying Alchemists", which focuses on the type of horses she breeds, was recently sold for £15,000.
Now, however, she has launched her own Silver Bo(x) Campaign, petitioning the UK Government to recognise those born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not fit the typical definitions of female or male, and to stop such infants undergoing non-consensual and irreversible surgery to "fix" their sex.
The comedian Graham Norton, actor Sir Derek Jacobi, sculptor to the Royals Frances Segelman and writer Richard O'Brien are among the first 100 or so people to have signed the petition, she says.
While she looked up to men who were "very feminised", she saw early on how society treated them.
"I remember as a child looking at newspapers and seeing Boy George described as 'Mr or Mrs Weird.' I thought, 'Fuck, that's me, I have to assimilate.' I thought no one would want me if they knew who I was.
She made it and kept it at home for a long time until she gained the confidence to display it. In the past, XXXora has also worked on a series on androgynous superstars.