Cooper Gibson


Graduate Student


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Creation Date

Spring 2022


My art engages with themes of sexuality, gender, class, and race. I am a gay and genderqueer person from south-central Kentucky. My research focuses on the intersections of these identities and how the multiplicity of my experience was shaped by the constructed landscape of the American south. My selected image is a staged film still made in conjunction with my video MISS PIGGY (MEAT TENDERIZER). I use the Muppets character Miss Piggy as a symbol of rural femininity and am contemplating her role as a queer icon. I am also investigating relationships between food and culture. As a kid I often ate fried bologna. This greasy and cheap southern dish is representative of poor and working-class folks. In my embodiment of Miss Piggy I challenge viewers ideas about sexuality, gender, and class. I am proud of where I come from and celebrate the beauty that I find there.


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