Artwork > Embraces

This series revolves around themes that have been surfacing within my work
over the last decade and to which my work now orbits. The paintings focus on
the male figure as a catalyst for a conversation on the crossroads of my queer
identity, patriarchy within American culture, and gender representation.

This particular series has evolved out of a reaction to the ways patriarchy in
contemporary American Culture expresses control and concern over how males
present in society and persistent rigid gender norms. How this manifests certainly
varies on many social and economic factors, I am approaching this through my
own artistic lens and experience. By making the male nude the object there is a
refocusing of the viewer's gaze to "strip" if you will, the symbols of male power,
They are now presented for the pleasure of the viewer and shown to also be
enjoying and celebrating each other. Men gaze and touch each other with delight
and passion, but with equitable balance in these intimate moments. It is this
tension perhaps that I find fertile ground for disarming and suggesting to the
viewer to challenge preconceived beliefs. Using magazine images cut out from erotica and periodicals, I move images from their original context and place them in a layered abstract manner. I am interested in challenging the viewer’s perception while allowing them to fill in narratives of their own. The surface is treated organically with paint used to reshape, redefine, and sometimes obscure the various images.

Verse
Mixed media on canvas
46.5 x 78 inches
2016
Spring lovers
Mixed media on canvas
12 x 16 inches
2017
Season
Mixed media on canvas
20 x 26 inches
2017
Elegy
Mixed media on polypropylene
22.75 x 47.25 inches
2017
Crossroads
Mixed media on panel
48.5 x 83 inches
2016
Flower beds
Mixed media on canvas
12 x 16 inches
2017
Cages and songs
Mixed media on stretched fabric
13.5 x 26.5 inches
2017
Embraces
20.5 x 32.75 inches
Mixed media on panel
2017
Tailwinds
Mixed media on canvas
24 x 24 inches
2018
Blossoms
Mixed media on canvas
29.5 x 29.5 inches
2017
Rites and Earth
Mixed media on canvas
35 x 60 inches
2017
Position
24 x 29.75 inches
2017
Between themselves
Mixed media on canvas
48 x 72 inches
2016