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From the Ebook "The Paradox of the Roman Nose"
   
  
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     "I discovered, about a year later, that this primordial shape, which I called of course Nose, was a celebration of creativity, due to its obvious phallic shape and the gem on its tip, which recalled a drop of semen. The whole sculpture was hinting at fertility and I felt deeply satisfied with my design. "     
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
   
 
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     "It seems like I embraced the idea of a masculine identity in the creative process of my artistic production. How much was I hiding of my true self in order to please a male-centered society? Was my Nose a totem that expressed with an elegant yet obvious design my subconscious feeling of inadequacy as a woman in a contest where women artists get mostly ignored? "
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  ..."My noses began to develop a slot in the front, which was another obvious sexual symbol. A tiny vagina was growing on my Noses, which suggested that the masculine creative energy was merging into the feminine. My Noses were now finally complete; they were androgenic creatures that expressed my total and unconditioned commitment to my artistic production. "    End of quote.
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