Linda Stein's The Fluidity of Gender

When: May 8-26 2011

In a keynote address to the National Association of Women Artists, Linda Stein remarked, “Gender constructions and gender constrictions: How do we find the courage, the bravery to break these molds?” Her exhibit at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Gallery attempts to reconcile the relationship between gender and individual identity. The sculpture “Genderbend” is exemplary of her work: An amalgamation of black leather, zippers and metal plates deconstructed into a suit of skin, it looks like the uniform of an S&M superhero. Her sculptures both revel in and scrutinize the fetishization of gender roles by taking the individual out of its gender identity, which can be seen as either a costume or an empty shell.

Laura Hutson



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