Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Art and Design
My hideous progeny is an exhibition of objects and paintings that create a queer Gothic space. The works are autonomous, yet function conceptually as a composite, and are arranged to fully occupy the gallery. In the central pieces, I use the myth of Frankenstein as a metaphor for the act of creation and a reference point for discussing homosexual identity and relationships. Throughout my work, I explore different methods of “queering” the art object by altering its skin, surface, or substrate to investigate how identity is worn as a cosmetic exterior. Through a queer visual interpretation of the Gothic, I explore the idea of the monster as the queer Other in order to share a marginalized perspective with the viewer in hopes that he or she might re-evaluate the process of othering.
Mondragon, Nathaniel, "My hideous progeny." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2019.