The Nymph and the Dryad

Iona Liddle

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

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.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

I hope to see that I'll be living alongside a dog. That goal achieved, I then see myself working with people I care about. I hope to establish a workspace that is accepting and kind, dismantling the elitism usually associated with studio spaces.

What is a good design for you?

Good design to me is something that is pleasing, functional and with the potential to be absurd. The constraints of most traditional design teachings can elude to the greatness of chaotic design choices.

Who or what inspires you?

A large component of what inspires my work is feminism. Many of my pieces attempt to work through issues faced by both myself and FLINTA*. I try to understand and communicate my own frustrations through my design.

In addition to this, fetish is something that greatly inspires me. There are many different textures and strong looks expressed in these communities, especially in latex fetishisation, which is a great inspiration.

How do you approach a new project?

I prefer to formulate my planning by working on the concept first, allowing the process to continue from there.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

One top tip I would suggest is to begin practicing self discipline with time management. To have that figured out enables one to find the workloads far less intimidating.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

I feel as though I have become much more confident and self assured in my work. I have also found ways to push my skills further and learn fundamental elements that are necessary for my career.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

I decided to study design as it was a creative medium that fascinated me. I was intrigued by the clean cut, informational and directive pieces that also incorporate an artistic freedom.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

Although necessary, the mandatory classes and courses we had to take that weren't in my spectrum of personal interests will not be something I will miss.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

In celebration of graduating, my family members will be visiting me in Berlin. After that, I hope to take a break to finalise and fine tune my portfolio, hopefully somewhere near the sea.

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1 comments in total

robert.ritter 2022-01-28 19:12:51

It looks so great! You did amazing!

Chantal Marie Biwersi