Leslie Boyd's work examines and subverts gender stereotypes. By exploring the body and the body politic through fabricated and appropriated objects with direct or implied representation of bodily forms, she exposes a double standard of expectations based on over-generalizations of femininity and masculinity. Her work is playful in its critique of social constructs surrounding gender, utilizing humor to outline the absurdity of such stereotypes.

The realistic gold-plated modeling of a penis on a traditional chain in the piece Say My Name speaks to societal power constructs and, when modeled by a woman, how those roles may be reversed or challenged.


  • Title: Say My Name
  • Creator: Leslie Boyd
  • Date Created: 2013
  • Location Created: Philadelphia, PA
  • Physical Dimensions: 9" x 28.5"
  • Type: Necklace
  • Rights: photo credit: Harry Gould Harvey IV
  • External Link: http://lesliedboyd.com
  • Medium: Copper, brass, 18K goldplate

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