Author

Katie E. Ott

Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

First Advisor

BA Harrington

Second Advisor

Sean Derry

Third Advisor

Sharon Massey

Abstract

Furnishing Gender is a collection of furniture and objects of the home that have been deliberately altered to explore and expose pervasive aspects of toxic masculinity. The work within examines aspects of rape culture, queer culture, and hetero-normal constructs that link our realities to the lies of masculinity and gender difference. It is my intent that the viewer become uncomfortable and my hope that they not shy away from this discomfort, but accept the exhibition’s challenge to be vulnerable, genuine, and to engage in conversations that confront the conventions of traditional gender roles and biases.

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