7 May 2021
Rzepecky, C. D. (2021). Beast. (A dissertation in partial fulfilment for the Master of Visual Arts degree at the Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand)
Beast, a figure put together, big and strong, virile even. This dissertation outlines the fusion of concepts that connect through my work but were perhaps previously unconnected, such as the presentation of transgenderism aided by the concept of clowning mixed with nihilistic neo-expressionistic painting methods. This fusion of seemingly dichotomous qualities becomes integral to understanding my paintings. The paintings are divided into I WANT SOME T I NEED SOME T I GOT SOME T I TOOK SOME T and OSCILLATE. Underneath each heading is a raw explanation of the formal and thematic features of the paintings and the images translated through paint. Specifically, the project refers to female to male (FTM) transition, diving into concepts of castration and breast anxieties which are a natural occurrence in this type of transition experience. Sex and gender merge in a show of dark humour.
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