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“Dangle Self-Portrait” is a life casting of my “pinky” finger in pigmented plaster that has been mounted to a wall at waist height. The manner in which this casting is cropped, positioned, and displayed causes it to read as being phallic in nature despite its direct physical representation.
The use of the word “dangle” in the title is used to reinforce the dual reading of this piece and promote a fluctuated reading between pinky and phallus. While dangle is common slang for penis, it is also being used to reference the separation of a pinky finger from the other fingers of a hand through its movement and positioning in space.
An example of this can be seen in the swaying extension of a pinky finger from its counterparts while drinking from a teacup, an action that is defined in the gesture “pinky-up”. Such a gesture is commonly regarded as being effeminate in nature. My aim with this piece was to create a self-portrait that could be read as masculine yet effeminate.
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