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The current direction of my work is an extension of my interest in the historical constructs of masculinity and its relationship to contemporary ideas of male gender identification. This focus first surfaced in a series of large-scale drawings that I produced in 2006 that utilized as their image source a number of art historical references, specifically works by Fragonard and Boucher whose works I was enamored with and whose brutish dismissal by Modernity profoundly affected me. The appropriated images I collected of works by these artists and others, in conjuncture with the anthropological and social theories I was studying at this time, led me to consider how the endorsement of ornament in my work was fueled by a personal desire to address our current cultural definition of maleness. These large-scale drawings began to exist as an environment in which my identification with the fop or macaroni of the Enlightenment period could be realized, supported, and enjoyed by others.
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