Aggressive Flesh: The Obese Female Other

Broom, Hannah (2005) Aggressive Flesh: The Obese Female Other. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


My visual art practice explores the point at which a sense of bodily humour and revulsion may intersect in the world of the monstrous-feminine: the female grotesque, presented as my own obese (and post-obese) body. This exegesis is

a written elucidation of my visual art practice as research. As an artist I create performative photographic images featuring taboo or

otherwise 'inappropriate' subject matter, situations, materials and behaviours including bodily fluids, offal, internal organs and my own post-obese body. Through these modes of working, I establish and investigate the subjectivity of

flesh: Why are we repulsed by the female grotesque? How can this flesh be used to subvert readings of the female body? My research is informed by those understandings of the female body, sexuality and difference described in the work of feminist theorists including Julia Kristeva, Helene Cixous, Ruth Salvaggio and Elizabeth Grosz. I explore the work of influential artists such as Eleanor Antin, Carolee Schneeman, Cindy Sherman and Sarah Lucas. In this context, I present my own visual art practice as a point from which the monstrous-feminine can be given voice as sentient, intelligent flesh.

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ID Code: 16093
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Mafe, Daniel & Barker, Jill
Keywords: Visual Art, Practice-Led Research, Obesity, Fat, Monstrous-feminine, She-Monster, Female Grotesque, Other, Feminism, Psychoanalysis, Autobiography, Subjectivity, Abjection, Carnivalesque, Photography, Performance art, The Uncanny, Trauma, Identity, Trickster, Vampire, Young British Art, Sarah Lucas, Hayley Newman, Carolee Schneeman, Eleanor Antin, Ruth Salvaggio, Julia Kristeva, Sigmund Freud, Helene Cixous
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Hannah Broom
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:56
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:43

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