Date of Award

May 2018

Department

Art

Advisor(s)

Juan Juarez

Keywords

Painting, Portrait

Abstract

I paint a portrait to undo a person. I achieve this by painting representations of them in acrylic paint on top of wax that is then melted away. All of the brushed on material remains but it no longer resembles the person. Some of them are men who abuse their power, some are archetypes of masculinity. They have constructed themselves to be something that they are not and they are falling apart. Removing the picture of someone is not the same as actually removing them, these men remain in our lives. We do not want to see representations of them so this process only changes how we view them. It points to the collapse of the white male identity as it has been currently constructed. If we can see them changed, but not gone, then we might begin to construct something new out of what remains.

Access

Open Access

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