Title of Abstract

Cock Culture

Submitting Student(s)

Seth ShullFollow

Faculty Mentor

Three WU mentors; Claudia O'Steen, M.F.A.; Anne Fiala, M.F.A.; Shaun Cassidy, M.V.A.; osteenc@winthrop.edu; fialaa@winthrop.edu; cassidys@winthrop.edu

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Fine Arts

Faculty Mentor

Claudia O'Steen, M.F.A.; Anne Fiala, M.F.A.; Shaun Cassidy, M.V.A.

Abstract

I work within the fields of sculpture and jewelry to create artwork that explores gay culture through my eyes. I make the phallus more decorative to normalize it and move away from the censorship that makes it taboo to be seen. Throughout history, a female nude has been common due to art being made for the straight male gaze therefore, the male nude was scarcely used. Part of the purpose of my art is to expose the male nude in the way the female nude has been to further equalize the perceived view of nudity in art. I also do this to take away the significance that is given to the phallus by making it be seen as more trivial. Lastly, I want to make the phallus less sexually charged and instead make it common so that it is not so controversial in art. Through my sculpture work, I make art that is meant to be placed in the home as common wall art or decorative small sculpture. My jewelry work focuses on incorporating the phallic form into the design and making it seamlessly decorative. By working with sculpture and jewelry I create artwork that explores my perception of gay culture through the symbolism of the phallus.

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Cock Culture

I work within the fields of sculpture and jewelry to create artwork that explores gay culture through my eyes. I make the phallus more decorative to normalize it and move away from the censorship that makes it taboo to be seen. Throughout history, a female nude has been common due to art being made for the straight male gaze therefore, the male nude was scarcely used. Part of the purpose of my art is to expose the male nude in the way the female nude has been to further equalize the perceived view of nudity in art. I also do this to take away the significance that is given to the phallus by making it be seen as more trivial. Lastly, I want to make the phallus less sexually charged and instead make it common so that it is not so controversial in art. Through my sculpture work, I make art that is meant to be placed in the home as common wall art or decorative small sculpture. My jewelry work focuses on incorporating the phallic form into the design and making it seamlessly decorative. By working with sculpture and jewelry I create artwork that explores my perception of gay culture through the symbolism of the phallus.