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Lost Earring

Lost Earring (2017) explores how our cultural touchstones shift over time while considering the evolution of his own queer sexuality and transgender body. Found materials and cast plaster sculptures of familiar plumbing implements revolve around a projection of an isolated clip from the 1996 movie Bound by the film-making duo the Wachowski siblings. As two disembodied hands endlessly tighten and untighten the hidden plumbing of a bathroom sink, this charged and repeated gesture questions the role of function and aspiration in relation to the queered body.

Original Plumbing and The Alchemical Body

Original Plumbing and the Alchemical Body (2017) Situated in an old Pfizer drug compounding plant in Brooklyn, NY, Original Plumbing and The Alchemical Body takes on what it means to undergo medical steps to physically alter one's body. Here Doughtie explores what is a transgender object and how can it function in a space with a history that has led to his own medical transition. Installation view Ikea table, Unique cast plaster objects, copper couplings, latex tubing, ink, plastic pipe, paper clay 2017

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Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

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Elliot Doughtie is a Baltimore-based artist originally from Dallas, TX. At the core of Doughtie’s work is a desire to form intimate relationships between objects and the body in proximity to the awkwardness of a vulnerable situation. Relating alchemy, shy eroticism, the quotidian and the strange, He utilizes sculpture and installation in the service of generating new bodily experiences that transcend socially normative expectations and the inherent queerness of an object defying its assumed function... more

Lost Earring

In his multi-media installation, Lost Earring, Elliot Doughtie explores how our cultural touchstones shift over time while considering the evolution of his own queer sexuality and transgender body. Found materials and cast plaster sculptures of familiar plumbing implements revolve around a projection of an isolated clip from the 1996 movie Bound by the film-making duo the Wachowski siblings -- pruriently discovered by Doughtie as a teenager in search of his own identity. As two disembodied hands endlessly tighten and untighten the hidden plumbing of a bathroom sink, this charged and repeated gesture questions the role of function and aspiration in relation to the queered body. Through the use of light, objects, and moving imagery, Lost Earring re-imagines the commonplace setting of a bathroom in a queer and trans context -- where bodies and minds are often flooded with emotions from terror to desire. Project Space, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD
  • Lost Earring

    Lost Earring (2017) explores how our cultural touchstones shift over time while considering the evolution of his own queer sexuality and transgender body. Found materials and cast plaster sculptures of familiar plumbing implements revolve around a projection of an isolated clip from the 1996 movie Bound by the film-making duo the Wachowski siblings. As two disembodied hands endlessly tighten and untighten the hidden plumbing of a bathroom sink, this charged and repeated gesture questions the role of function and aspiration in relation to the queered body.
  • Lost Earring

    Installation view- Blue LED light bulbs, looped projection, found bathroom stall, cast plaster objects, found ceramic soap dishs, glass vials, ink, cottonseed oil, testosterone 2017
  • Lost Earring

    Found bathroom partition, copper pipe and couplings, cast plaster objects 2017
  • Lost Earring

    detail - Found bathroom partition, copper pipe and couplings, cast plaster objects 2017
  • Lost Earring

    Installation detail- Blue LED light bulbs, Found bathroom stall, cast plaster objects, glass vials, cottonseed oil, testosterone 2017
  • Lost Earring

    detail - Copper, glass, cottonseed oil, testosterone 2017
  • Lost Earring

    Installation view- Blue LED light bulbs, looped projection, cast plaster objects, copper pipe and couplings, found ceramic soap dishs, glass vials, ink, cottonseed oil, testosterone 2017
  • Lost Earring

    Copper coupling, glass vial, cottonseed oil, testosterone 2017
  • Lost Earring

    Cast plaster object, copper pipe and coupling, glass vial, cottonseed oil, testosterone 2017
  • Lost Earring

    Looped scene from the Wachowski siblings's 1996 film Bound. To be projected in conjunction with Lost Earring.

Original Plumbing and The Alchemical Body

Installation created for Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re: curated by Erin Davis and Max E. Lee for Re:ArtShow, Brooklyn, NY. Situated in an old Pfizer drug compounding plant in Brooklyn, NY, Original Plumbing and The Alchemical Body takes on what it means to undergo medical steps to physically alter one's body. Here Doughtie explores what is a transgender object and how can it function in a space with a history that has led to his own medical transition. 

Re:ArtShow, Brooklyn, NY

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