Date on Senior Honors Thesis
Senior Honors Thesis
University of Lousiville
College of Arts and Sciences
monstrosity; the other; human; visual culture; visual identification; sculpture
The goal of creating my sculptural work, The Avian, is both to broaden the visual categorization of sentient bodies, as well as to deconstruct binary thinking regarding the way that bodies display racialized, gendered, and sexualized characteristics. The Avian does this by subverting visual and aesthetic tropes that construct labels like human, monster, and animal. Subversion acts as the main design influence that illustrates how the display how othered bodies can be used to highlight the constructed nature of how we construct humanity. This paper posits that by acknowledging an expansion in visual categorization, in addition to further pushing opportunities for subversion in our identification of the sentient other, then we can both begin deconstructing the vestiges of colonial thought that influences our culture and begin to formulate the new.
Crawford, Amaiya L., "Other Bodies: Deconstructing visual binaries by subverting visual representations of the Other." (2023). College of Arts & Sciences Senior Honors Theses. Paper 301.
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