Bubble gum skin : stretchy, dispensable, and briefly packed with flavour : an exegesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the postgraduate degree of Master of Fine Arts at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand

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I have a textiles-based practice focused on establishing an understanding of contemporary grotesque, my work distorts my own body and the bodies of others as a response to cosmetic surgery reality television. Viewing cosmetic surgery reality television (CSRT) through the lens of the grotesque allows me to better critique the simulacrum of reality that reality television creates, and the regulation and construction of ‘legitimate’ bodies and identities endorsed by makeover culture. Humour and absurdity act as key tools within my practice, as satire makes room for critique by breaking open dominant discourses and dualities of entertainment and sacrifice within these forms of highly emotive footage. This thesis is an exploration and untangling of intersecting theory surrounding the grotesque, cosmetic surgery, makeover culture, and reality television. As well as a documentation of the work made in response to my research and consumption of media.
Figures 12 & 13 are re-used with the artist's permission.