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Artist Alex Lachey
Kettering, Ohio USA
My visual language is very much centered around that which is obscured and that which is revealed, both literally and figuratively. The figure is not only disappearing into the obscurity that is metaphorical for my childhood, but his body shape is morphed because of it. His figure, as a result, becomes sexless.
Even though he lacks breasts, his genitalia are not visible, and his pinched waist makes his lower abdomen appear rounder and wider, referencing femininity and pregnancy. The negative space also creates a cross, but, it being space and not a physical cross, he appears to be floating peacefully, despite the violence of the image. I did not want it to be overtly about gory martyrdom.
Instead, I wanted to highlight the distortions sexual classifications impose on the individual. Just like how negative space is contextual, not existing without the positive, the figure is crucified by the social contexts surrounding him. All the while, his gaze engages the viewer, inviting them to reflect on the part they have played in this process.
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