Emily Silvis

In her thesis installation, entitled Orifice, Silvis explores desire and haptic sensation by having the viewer touch and interact with sensual materials within a cave constructed from wood, foam, and various fabrics. Inside the cave are a variety of strange forms and tubes that hide small creatures. The tubes are covered in soft pink velvet with silicone on the inside, which is supposed to get a reaction from the viewer. The viewers are meant to explore the environment by touching and putting their hands inside these tubes to discover the small creatures inside. The handmade plastic creatures are meant to be mysterious and sexualized, and were made to fit nicely in your hand. The outside of her piece is meant to represent skin and was made with fabric that Silvis designed and had digitally printed. Silvis’s thesis work touches on themes of femininity, feminism, and sex.

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Thesis Title: 
Orifice
Thesis Year: 
2016