semiotics, Softie is a sign pressed up against a wall in a posture that signifies punishment as much as submission, occlusion as much as exhibitionism. The work works to counter the kind of fanciness associated with recognition and access – a fanciness that does not lose any of its desirability, however one might critique the sources/structures that generate such status. Its materiality – poplar and industrial felt – is resolutely functional, queering representations for desire with an aesthetic that could be described as a distinctly dyke pragmatism. Fancy, read backwards, does noun and verb as much as adjective; tangling the momentum of any singular read like the interlocked fibers in its soft (heart)felt text.
|industrial felt, poplar
72″h x 78″w x 36″d