University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
My Female Gaze is a research paper that accompanies a two-year-long photographic study. I take back the disembodied power that the male gaze has over me in public space by taking photos of men that look at my body. For other works in the series, I have revisited the same areas and rephotographed the scenes, taking a forensic approach to the criminal potential of the male gaze. In this supporting paper, I expand on socio-political movements like feminism and internalized surveillance of the self, which contribute to my assertion that women have less visual, social power than men in public spaces and how that needs to change by examining art theorists’ writings.
I would first like to thank my thesis advisor Andrew O'Brien and my other thesis committee examiner Matt Greenwell. Both Professor O'Brien's and Professor Greenwell's advice, understanding, and encouragement truly helped me while creating this work. I would also like to thank my friends: Jules Jackson, Fran Humberd, Shannon Sweeney, Dawson Stahly, Lauren Solomon, Stephanie Swart, Val Rimmer, and Grace Shahan. Each of them helped me throughout the process of making this work and writing this paper. Lastly, I will thank my parents. My dad, Paul Suerth, my mom Erika Addington and my stepdad, Mohamed Ahmaed. Each of them guided me and encouraged me to keep moving forward. Thank you all so much.
B. F. A.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Feminist art criticism; Gaze in art; Photography, Artistic
ii, 12 leaves
Suerth, Sawyer, "My female gaze" (2022). Honors Theses.