Untitled (Phantom Phallus) #1, 2020
Tattoo on silicone
4 ¾ inches x 1 ¾ inches x 1 ¾ inches
Untitled (Phantom Phallus) is the individualized and reinvented material object existing as archival specimen of play within the boundaries of real and imagined. It takes the idea of gender and gives it a form that questions the ownership of the phallus through the medium of tattooing. The language of the series aspires to question the politicized sex: be it sex toy, sex act, or sex/gender. The joy brought on by humor joins these components together, further removing the “bodily” from the body and bringing it back to where imagination originates. Destabilizing meaning and material, shifting the referentiality of the phallus, and filling in the representational gap are key components in exercising intercultural understanding, an integral aspect of this piece. Untitled (Phantom Phallus) takes on a playful and empathetic perspective that subverts ideas of the assumable.
The series is a work in process.