A phenomenology of sexual difference in sculpture

Caroline Phillips


This creative arts research project strives to materialise sexual difference in sculpture, through a phenomenology of materials and abstracted form, to uncover a potential new paradigm of feminist art. Drawing on the work of Luce Irigaray, this essay explores the lived experience of sexual difference through the sculptural installation enmeshed. Evolved from the lineage of Minimalism, enmeshed also explores materiality, decoration and the handmade. By means of gendered colour, pattern, and industrial materials metaphorically and conceptually enmeshed, the work explores surface, decoration and excess to posit an alternate, sexuate, feminist practice, challenging assumptions of what feminist aesthetics might be today and what would constitute a feminist practice.


Sexual Difference; Contemporary Art; Feminist Art; threshold

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