The Politics of Undressing
These works are created by painting over collaged pages from up-cycled, adult queer magazines from 20-30 years ago. I found the stories in many of these magazines to be shockingly profound, and they inspired this series as a commentary on what it means to be a "non-traditional" male in society, both then and now. Toxic masculinity conditions us to frown on men displaying "feminine" attributes, viewing them as weak and less than. As a queer man who grew up in small, rural town in the south, this is a reality I'm all too familiar with.
This body of work presents men in a way rarely seen in high art: vulnerable, colorful, playful, sex positive, queer, accepting, open. It celebrates these qualities, and gives a glimpse into both the joys and struggles of people who identify as male in this way.