When I was at art college in the late Seventies/early Eighties, one of the slogans the feminists used was: “Objectivity is Male Subjectivity.” This brilliantly encapsulates how male power nestles in our very language, exerting influence at the most fundamental level. Men, especially Default Men, have put forward their biased, highly emotional views as somehow “rational”, more considered, more “calm down, dear”. Women and “exotic” minorities are framed as “passionate” or “emotional” as if they, the Default Men, had this unique ability to somehow look round the side of that most interior lens, the lens that is always distorted by our feelings.
Grayson Perry http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2014/10/grayson-perry-rise-and-fall-default-man
I think there is a desperation with people with art: they look at art and they find it very hard to just enjoy it. They have to kind of interpret it and understand it. They don’t just sort of, ask themselves you know, do I think it’s beautiful?
Grayson Perry, the transvestite potter, talking about his massive cock.
Grayson Perry won the Turner prize in 2003, the first time the award was given to a ceramic artist.
I have huge admiration for this man, and am using his work in my research.
Video from The Guardian.