Heterosexual Cultures, 2017
Plywood, petri dishes, found images, laser prints,
adhesive, lab coat
In 1515, Albrecht Dürer created a woodcut of a rhinoceros. Although he had never actually seen one himself - and his rendering was wildly inaccurate – it was widely regarded as a true representation of the creature, and shaped public perceptions for more than two centuries.
My grandmother read over 400 Harlequin Romance novels in the last 30 years of her life. Represented on these book covers are rituals of romantic attraction, desire, and courtship - particularly, acts of physical connection. These scenes are mesmerizing - part sensational performance and part meticulous didactic, reproducing and propagating notions of possession, control, and uncontrollable lust. I study these images with a pseudo-scientific curiosity.
In this piece, I sorted, categorized and documented a taxonomy of heterosexual expressions, gazes, touches, and interactions.
I detail an imagined beast.