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Vulnerability vs. Strength
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West Hollywood, California USA
My work attempts to reconnect myself with an identity I feel is on the verge of extinction. Being raised in a culture obsessed with the rebranding of its identity through social media, educational and career status, and cultural cliches, has led to a deep fear of the reality behind those projections. My work overcomes this by capturing the carnal reaction to the display of my deepest insecurities.
The gash you see is representative of a scar I have on my thigh from insulin injections. The acceptance of my sexuality as a gay man has unfortunately cultivated an obsession with masking these scars by distracting with physical prowess. The building of my body has become a crutch that I desperately cling to, for though the scar is small in my mind it feels as large as it exists on the canvas.
The creation of this piece is a performance of my intuitive reaction to the presence of the scars on my body. I meditate on my emotional response until I successfully eradicate any conscious interference my mind may impose, and upon reaching emotional clarity perform the experience across the surface. This act not only forces me to publicly recognize the existence of these scars, but also allows me to accept my physical and psychological insecurities, bringing me closer to my own true identity.
The views expressed by our artists in their artist statements do not necessarily represent the views of our art galleries. Artists can be visually expressive but may verbally misrepresent their true intentions or ideas. Please note that we support expression, whether it is controversial or not, but our intention is never to offend.
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