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Personal Appearance Paper, PCA/ACA Conference

4010 Fat Studies: Fat bodies “In the Flesh” and “At Play”
Session Chair Julia McCrossin, The George Washington University
PCA/ACA National Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, March 31 – April 3, 2010


In Personal Appearance, a custom-built professional mascot costume allows me to travel the world making personal appearances, as myself. My manifestation as a cuddly cartoon character functions to erase social barriers, encouraging physical contact and the building of emotional bonds. While the audience’s guard is down, Personal Appearance engages the notion of fatness, addressing the lived reality of taboo bodies in spaces made for the socio-normative body, and encouraging discussions on the nature of size, beauty, acceptance, accommodation and accessibility.

Personal Appearance

{Exposure: Queer Arts & Culture Festival} Edmonton, AB | November 2009
{ANTI Contemporary Art Festival} Kuopio, Finland | September 2009           
{Leduc Main Street Festival} Leduc, Alberta | July 2009
{Assorted Appearances} Toronto, ON | May 2009
{Eastern Edge} St. John’s, NF | January 2009
{The New Gallery, for Mountain Standard Time} Calgary, AB | October 2008
{Mendel Art Gallery} Saskatoon, SK | September 2008
{Open Space} Victoria, BC | September 2008
{The Soap Factory} Minneapolis, MN | July 2008

Another straight dude copping a feel, Victoria Blues Fest 2008.

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