Appendages explores my sexuality, identity and the concepts of heteronormativity, queer theory, and gender norms. Through the creation of sculptures called DilNO's, I was able to engage the audience in experiencing my interpretation of my own sexuality. By mocking and bending the concept of the dildo, I was challenging the stereotypes of gender, and lesbian sexuality and intimacy. The sensations of touching and feeling played a vital role in both the creation and presentation of the pieces in my thesis exhibition. Moving from my previous photographic work into the three-dimensional realm of sculpture helped me express the physical and sensual dimensions needed for the work. The tactile experience of the objects conveyed to the viewer aspects of my sexuality as a bisexual, woman preferred woman, while helping the audience learn more about their own sexuality. Sharing this part of myself was vital to the work, as were my journey and the personal discoveries made while making the work. This thesis started out of a desire to explore my own need for comfort, and helped me to find out more about who I really am.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Soft sculpture--Themes, motives; Soft sculpture--Technique; Installations (Art)--Themes, motives; Installations (Art)--Technique; Dildos--Pictorial works; Lesbianism in art
Department, Program, or Center
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)
Winton, Emily, "Appendages" (2010). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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