This series 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 began my work with the male figure as 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. It is this tension perhaps that I find fertile ground for disarming and suggesting to the viewer to challenge preconceived beliefs.