Fauxnique is the drag queen alter-ego of artist/choreographer/dancer Monique Jenkinson. Lauded for her ‘campy, intellectual juxtaposition of pop culture and high art’ and ‘rare personable flair for drama’ Fauxnique plays with artifice and authenticity and lives to question essentialist assumptions about gender, art and culture. Informed both by Jenkinson’s classical ballet training and a tradition of radical queer performance and theory, Fauxnique sees drag as a dance form and the performance of femininity as a forceful, vulnerable and subversive act.
Fauxnique has performed in such varied venues as the Stud Bar, City Hall, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and de Young Museum in San Francisco; the New Museum, Judson Church and the Stonewall in New York; the Allways in New Orleans and Rebar in Seattle; the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown and in Reykjavik, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, London, Rome, Catania and Zürich. She created space for kids to dress drag queens at the de Young Museum, performed vocals and starred in the beloved video for the dance track ‘Lipstique’ by Silencefiction (aka Marc Kate), played the DIRT (originated by Justin Bond) in Taylor Mac’s Lily’s Revenge at the Magic Theater (2011) and the eponymous role in Silver for Gold: the Odyssey of Edie Sedgwick by David J. (of Bauhaus and Love & Rockets fame) in LA (2008). She made history as the first cis-woman to win a major drag pageant. Accolades include an Irvine Fellowship at the de Young Museum, an SF Bay Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery (GOLDIE) Award for Performance, SF Weekly’s ‘Best Performance Artist 2010,’ and 7X7 Magazine’s ‘Hot 20.’