Queer Theory and Contemporary Ceramics

March 25, 2008

Is there such a thing as “queer ceramics”?

Filed under: Uncategorized — pritikachowdhry @ 9:24 pm

This line of enquiry would propose “queer ceramics” or a “queer sensibility” or a “queer aesthetic” as manifested in particular ceramic works that directly address gender and sexuality issues. Completely inter-twined with this question is of course, the deconstruction of the term “queer” and how it has evolved in recent scholarship. Productive as it may be to talk about a specifically “Queer aesthetic” one would need to avoid making it an essentialist dead-end. Paul Mathieu’s book titled Sex Pots: Eroticism in Ceramics, especially chapter 3 “Giving Meaning” and chapter 4 “Creating Desire”, provide some great insights.


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