Title page for ETD etd-06152012-101240

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Henderson, Matthew Ryan
Author's Email Address mattpa85@yahoo.com
URN etd-06152012-101240
Title Turn-On's and Edible Friends: An Imaginal Menagerie
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Arp, Kimberly Committee Chair
Bower, Gerald Committee Member
Koptcho, Leslie Committee Member
Malveto, John Committee Member
Speith, Darius Committee Member
  • alternative sexual behavior
  • sexual identity
  • fetish
  • sex
  • shame
  • guilt
  • personification
  • perversity
Date of Defense 2012-04-24
Availability unrestricted
Turn-onís and Edible Friends explores alternative sexual behavior. Societal standards have an overwhelming interest in imposing judgment upon sexual identity. The imagery is influenced by taboo and peculiar sexual fetishes. Animal personifications of the fetish are used as satire to detach the viewer from the action, and also as a metaphor for the reins with which the general public takes control over our private relationships. Thus the work becomes confrontational with the viewer and forces them to question their perceptions and comforts about sexual identity.
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