My work strives to challenge, reinvent, and initiate discussion around the standards of masculinity in today’s society. What does it mean to be a man? How would the world be different if power, aggression, and stoicism weren’t at the top of the list in describing masculinity? What would happen if men allowed themselves to be vulnerable and express emotion? Choosing to share my own investigation of manhood through self portraiture increases vulnerability and dissipates shame in myself; it simultaneously engages the viewer directly, encouraging introspection.
I grew up in Baltimore, MD and am currently creating in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I will be graduating from the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan with a BFA in May 2021.