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THE STORY OF THE PROJECT  - I AM YOUR SEX THING 

A photographic series of self portraits featuring instantly recognisable characters reveling in various degrees of self objectification and sexuality. The images are accompanied by video blogs or recorded voice installations. 

Featuring ludicrous yet very real personas with a palpable desperation to be desired, a chameleon like parody these photographic self portraits and videos will explore what it is to be a SEX THING. Compelling women of inspiration are Cindy Sherman and Nikki Lee. Their work is gripping and explore not too dissimilar themes to my work. The IYST's stand alone unlike Cindy and Nikki's work it is the static image being explored void of distraction, sets or trappings this is a woman presented in varied skins and transmogrified by attitude, her entire presence changes when wrapped in another sexual cliche. 
Female stereotypes displayed via cliched self expression has led me to create this new project 'I AM YOUR SEX THING' (IYST). 

Lost in a sea of loose and affected self expectation women willingly now adopt the overblown ideals once reserved for pornography. This is helping to create a negative momentum, desensitisation and an inversion of power. 

'I AM YOUR SEX THING' and I invite you to join and support me on this journey.


Women and girls alike are adopting overtly sexualised wardrobes and attitudes once reserved for the realms of pornography and professionals. I am taking a long hard look at myself. In a number of guises I walk a mile in the shoes of ten separate identities. Think Cindy Sherman meets Jerry Springer.
 
I am perplexed and fixated on the heightened sexualization of women and girls in this age of liberation and choice. This is something I am wanting to challenge and explore this first hand. My project 'I AM YOUR SEX THING' (IYST) will be looking at this emerging trend I call Phantasm Feminism and ask is it empowering?

Pedestrian celebrity saturating our consciousness heavy with exploitive and highly charged sexual overtones that remain unquestioned and accepted, it is prevalent and has become the new norm'. I see this influence adopted in the street by the 'every woman and every girl' with increasingly intensifying degrees. 

Phantasm Feminism creates an inversion of power and this is what I am aiming to explore first hand.

phantasm (ˈfæntæzəm )
Definitions
noun
1. a phantom
2. an illusory perception of an object, person, etc
3. (in the philosophy of Plato) objective reality as distorted by perception
Phantasm Collins English Dictionary


Exhibition CONFIRMED 
August 18th - 31st. 2014





10am-5pm


Phone: 9419 6126
Hogan Gallery 
310 Smith Street 
Collingwood 3066 

Monday-Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm
info@hogangallery.com.au

IYST Stretch Goal $12,000

My Stretch goal for this project is to take the series to other major cities across the world, to ignite discussion and interest in the SEX THINGS. I would also like to give interviews in character; they would all be quite different and offer unique perspectives of their own.



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I Am Your Sex Thing – An Art ProjectAugust 1, 2014I Am Your Sex Thing has been on our social media radar for a while. We didn’t really know what it was about or who was behind it at first, but a few weeks ago, after we published the article about rape culture, Lisa Defazio, the artist behind IYST got in touch and formally introduced the concept, and herself.
And so it came to be that in Grub, a hip urban cafe so typical of Fitzroy, Pixie and Lisa met for coffee to discuss the project known as I Am Your Sex Thing.

Feature on Art News Portal
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I AM YOUR SEX THING - Exhibition AnnouncedBY Lisa Defazio | 01-Aug-2014A burlesque stripper who brings down the house. A hard-core party girl with a don’t-mess-with-me-attitude who harbours a heart of gold. A blonde sex kitten who purrs for everyone she meets. They are just a few of the outrageous, wicked and thought-provoking characters who leap to life in I Am Your Sex Thing, artist Lisa Defazio’s startling multimedia exploration of raunch culture. 


How The Funds Will Be Used

The installation / exhibition will consist of Photographs, Projections, Film and Voice. I am aiming for an assault on the senses. Expenses including costume, wigs, make up, printing, framing, projections, voice and video installations. Funds will be used to produce and realise the full launch and multi media exhibition of the series within Australia with a view to exhibit internationally. 

A FREE incentive would be to help SHARE the project. Please help spread the word! Share this awesome and important project on your Facebook, Twitter, etc. Bloggers, journalists, radio and TV hosts, social commentators are invited to further support and promote I AM YOUR SEX THING. Support this project by sharing it with the world.

The Challenges

The difficulty I might have is ensuring the vision is large enough yet manageable by myself. I tend to be a big picture person so I see no ends or limits once I get going. Encourage me and watch I am sure what ensues will be nothing short of entertaining and expansive!
Draft
This Project is in draft status.
A$1 +A FREE incentive SHARE the project, help spread the word. Share this project on your Facebook, Twitter, etc. Bloggers, journalists, radio and TV hosts, social commentators are invited to further support and promote I AM YOUR SEX THING. You can support this project by sharing it.
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A$15 +Huge THANK YOU to you! Email or Social Media - you chose.
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A$25 +POSTCARD of previously unreleased image hand written and addressed to you along with a personal thank you! Email or Social Media - you chose.
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A$45 +TOTEs fabulous IYST BAG Measures 13"x13"
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A$50 +IYST T-SHIRT become a 'Sex Thing' available only during this campaign. Beautiful quality - sizes available - and of course a hearty thank you.
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A$60 +IYST CUSHION to recline on. Measures 16"x16" delivered to your door, includes insert.
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A$100 +Exclusive DANCE CLIP from one of the characters, available only to those who purchase this reward. A tip of the hat tribute to webcam popularity. Short but sweet, kind of good kind of bad it all equates to sexy. Huge thank you to you, Email or Social Media - you chose.
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A$150 +ATTEND an exclusive PRE LAUNCH viewing. If you can attend the pre launch veiwing there will be photographs taken good times and canapes and of course public gratitudes! If not I will wear a MASK OF YOUR FACE at the event and send you a snap shot - it's as good as being there! Includes a massive thank you, Email or Social Media - you chose.
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A$400 +BE A CHARACTER in the next series of images. Includes full photographic session, credits and a signed original artwork of the final image. This is your invitation to be a crucial element and character in the upcoming series of artworks. Set to take place in Melbourne Australia and possibly parts of the USA. Includes effusive gratitudes. Huge thank you to you, Email or Social Media - you chose.
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A$850 +Purchase an ORIGINAL ARTWORK from the series. After the successful launch of I am 'Your Sex Thing' collectors and curators will be falling all over themselves to get their hands on one of these while you sit there smugly admire your astute purchase. Includes co producer credits and social media shout out and thank you. Then you can get to posting happy snaps of your self with your purchase of an IYST original!
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