Objectification

Objectification | MFA Thesis Show

In May of 2016, I graduated and presented my MFA thesis exhibit, Objectification, alongside twelve of my graduating peers. Maine College of Art’s MFA Thesis Exhibition was on view from May 6th through May 31st.

Grounded in the politics of feminist research around debilitating female stereotypes, Objectification questioned and critiqued cultural assumptions placed on women. By using traditional female language within a traditional female discipline, the self-reflexive installation presented exaggerated kitchen utensils in function-less, soft forms. Combining the disciplines of textile construction and sculpture, this body of work sought to expose harmful damaging binaries through a Pop punk aesthetic.

Frustrated by society’s war on women, I searched for ways to expose the nonsense. I explored the semiotics rooted within female valuation with this series of soft sculptures. Oversized kitchen utensils are represented through comprehensive textile construction. A giant black and neon green whisk hangs impishly with both splendor and restraint. A bigger-than-life pastry cutter confronts and mesmerizes the viewer—its handle made from sumptuous black and red vinyl and wires from shiny, sky blue satin. A seductive spatula presents itself in black vinyl, rubber grip liner, and coral sequins. A giant bottle opener made from blue vinyl and green polyester attempts to speak— its opening device seeming more like a mouth. The satin, blue corkscrew hangs limply, invoking both humor and despondency. I arranged these cultural kitchen artifacts into a story of captivity and repudiation, thereby developing a new language for communicating the experience of women.

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By objectifying objects, the installation presents the object’s existential insecurity.