Twenty-Four Cupcakes and One Banana Split

Rude Gallery

Thursday, Jan 12th to Saturday, Feb 11th

This Show Is Not About Pastry
An Exhibition of Ceramics
by Kimberly Carey Putnam
Exhibition Dates: January 12 – February 11
Opening Reception: January 12 from 5 - 8 p.m.

As a feminist artist, my work primarily focuses on identity and gender and the cultural challenges one experiences with gender discrimination and objectification. English art critic and author John Berger explains in his book Ways of Seeing: “… men act and women appear. Men look at women; women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves. The surveyor of woman in herself is male; the surveyed female. Thus she turns herself into an object – and most particularly an object of vision, a sight.”

Twenty-Four Cupcakes and One Banana Split is not an installation about pastries. Instead, it is an examination of Western Culture’s dehumanization of the female breast via the male gaze. This exploration began with researching the various slang names for women’s breasts. Once this list was compiled, the question remained, what media would best support the concept behind this examination? What you see before you is the answer to this question. I hope you enjoy the humor and metaphorical representation of the objects you see while perhaps contemplating the meaning behind the installation.