Date of Award

5-10-2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Ruth Stanford

Second Advisor

Jill Frank

Third Advisor

Susan Richmond

Abstract

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.

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