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Snugglepot & Cuddlepie Are Gay! (A Pareidolic Whim-Wham)

posted on 2023-03-17, 00:17 authored by Mathew JonesMathew Jones

David McDiarmid once bemoaned that “Each new gay generation reinvents the wheel.” But If we accept the social construction of homosexuality changes throughout history, what continuity can an artist experience with art we redefine in hindsight as homosexual. Taking recent suggestion that the most perseverant confection of heterosexual happy families Australiana, May Gibbs’ Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (1918) is in fact ‘queerly contemporary,’ this project attempts a reading aimed not at decoding the sexuality of the author or characters but at nurturing a sense of continuity (in the studio) which escapes heterosexist notions of biological inheritance and bloodline culture.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Spiros Antonios Panigirakis

Additional supervisor 1

Marian Crawford

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Fine Art


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture