Austin Brady
Detroit, MI

My ongoing body of work explores the constructs identity, in particular masculine identity, using social climate and personal experiences as a platform for its discourse. I anthropomorphize conflicting feelings, forcing these allegorical figures to deal with their divinity and deformity, to deal with the tension between them, and to reconcile with the reckless physical forms they are given. These figures must speak about their unsure nature and inability to orientate themselves between reinforced identiological binaries, yet be given the tools to unmake such constitutions. By collaging both imagery and concept from ritualistic, mythological, and americultural signs, in tandem with intimate and personal contexts. I hope to observe what is happening culturally to masculinity, define signs we can use to describe these changes, and supply fertile ground for its need for redefinition.