The Kitchen Table, 2016
Curated by: 2016 BFA Theist Class
Featured at: Center for Visual Art
Photos by: Javid Rezvani
The Kitchen Table is a large-scale multi-media installation, built as an offshoot of my previous installation: The Bathroom (2008). My thesis researches the silenced queer identities in the worlds of art, history, and academia, specifically the silenced queer artist identities of the Modern Art Movement.
I was awarded the 2016 Nagel Thesis Grant for this installation. I also won Best in Show.
The instillation is meant to create the same dysphoric environment that the queer community exists in within a society that is not designed or inclusive of them.
The research paper reveals the silenced queer identities of leading avant-garde artists and designers while posing the question: Had these identities been more prominent, would the world be more accepting to the queer community specifically in designed documents (both popular culture & legal)? By embracing the aesthetic of the Dada movement, I created an environment that helps simulate the dysphonia queer bodies feel in a heteronormative society.