Sometime it is difficult to know when a person's passion and engagement with something fits within the definition of the norm. Almost everyone experience certain stimuli provoking strong reactions. And nearly everyone has a predisposition to fetishistic interests.
The origins of fetishism can be linked to religious practices. A German-Austrian psychiatrist and one of the founders of modern sexology Kraft-Ebing stated: "There is an analogy between erotic and religious fetishism, which is expressed in feelings reaching ecstasy." After a while, the role of the object of adoration becomes even more significant, and its presence is the main condition for obtaining satisfaction. Sometimes a fetish becomes an independent object of attraction, replacing the object of love, completely gaining independence from the partner or owner of the thing. In this case, any emotional connection and love relationship with another person is disrupted. There is also a tendency to perceive objects of sexual fetishism as "spiritualized", since a sexual fetish is associated with a person and is perceived as having a magical effect, providing the power of lust.
Some scientists are still inclined to pathologize fetishism, whereas others do not see it as a sexual disorder. For example, an American psychologist D. M. Reinish replaces the sexual fetish from the field of psychopathology to the domain of anthropology and further to the sphere of aesthetics. In December 2018, the World Health Organization excluded sexual fetishism from the International Classification of Diseases (the document will come into force on January 1, 2022).
In his project, the artist studies the spectrum of sexual fetishes and its aesthetic components.
Series of illustrations.
Blank Space. Oslo, Norway. 2019. Lockdown Gallery. London, United Kingdom. 2020. PonderSavant. California, USA. 2020. Sober. Penryn, United Kingdom. 2020.