Allison Kelly

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In my practice, I focus on the hyper-sexualization of the female-presenting figure. I take references and information from vintage pornographic magazines, found images, the Italian Renaissance, and my diary. I dissect the imagery and language used to transform the male gaze into a female perspective. The work I produce is an exploration of my own identity and sexuality as a queer person through varying print methods and performance. I use found imagery to digitally render and abstract the female form, obstructing the tone and image of the original source material. This shift is primarily a form of claiming my own agency and turning the idea of sexualization inward, rather than a fetishization of the form. The ideas presented in my finished works are purposefully abstract and ambiguous, aimed at provoking and questioning the intended male gaze.


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