In 2006, New York-based artist Amber Hawk Swanson (b. 1980) commissioned a life-sized sex doll to be made in her own image, which she then went on to use in a series of documented performance works over the following decade, collectively titled Amber Doll Project.
This exhibition explores the feminist and queer potentials of this ambitious—and ongoing—project, focusing on the highly ambivalent identifications that arise between artist, doll and viewer throughout the work and on Hawk Swanson’s use of the hyper-gendered, hyper-sexualised doll body as a performative vessel through which she critiques and indeed destabilises fixed notions of gender, sexuality and identity.
Curated by Clare Gormley
Artist’s talk by Amber Hawk Swanson on Saturday 11th November at 1pm, PS² Gallery.
Additional presentation by Amber at Queer at Queen’s event on Friday 10th Nov. See Queer at Queen’s for details.
Launch Thurs 9th November
Continues to 2nd Dec
Wed-Fri 1pm - 5pm
Sat 12pm - 4pm