Behind closed doors : new images of manhood
As an artist and stay-at-home father of two daughters, issues of masculinity and gender roles are vivid aspects of my daily experience. It takes confidence for a man to live outside the domestic status quo. However, I doubt my ability to fulfill this role. My art is an observation of my character, and projecting it onto a greater conversation of contemporary manhood. My inclination toward realist self-portraiture is the most sincere way I can offer to express my ideas of personal and contemporary masculinity, and the imagery I am creating occupies both physical and psychological states of engagement. Our personalities are most honest when played out behind closed doors. By lifting the veil of privacy, I can bring both you and me into a personal space that I intend to be both inviting and unsettling, a shared moment and voyeuristic in nature. This thesis documents the creation of a body of paintings based on self-portraiture, personal experiences, and a greater conversation about men, fathers, and artists.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Arts and Humanities -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Humanities
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Harris, Wesley, "Behind closed doors : new images of manhood" (2010). HIM 1990-2015. 1002.