A British artist and designer based in Berlin, Iona Liddle's BA thesis project THE NYMPH AND THE DRYAD examines how the comparisons between the cis-heteropatriarchal gaze can differ from the queer gaze.
It is an attempt to understand the harmful implications of objectification in cis-heteropatriarchal art. Alternatively, can pieces with a sexual tone created under the queer gaze inspire feelings of being represented, allowing the viewer to identify with the artwork?
Through the perspective of the queer gaze, Liddle's THE NYMPH AND THE DRYAD hopes to represent sapphic tenderness in a way that avoids the toxicity of the cis-heteropatriarchal gaze.
Iona Liddle is a British artist and designer based in Berlin. Her BA Thesis project, 'The Nymph and the Dryad' explores how the queer gaze can alter the representation of sexuality as seen in art and design.
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