The body of work made under this contract will discuss that being a gay man is more normal than it is different. Due to certain stigma and stereotypes of gay men, my art will work against these misconceptions through images of “boring” everyday life details. Through self-documentary style of photography, I will be capturing images from cooking and cleaning to folding laundry and washing the dog. The changes I have made since the statement of intent include adjusting my concept from a general standpoint to a specific goal, directing the focus of my work from drawing to alternative photographic processes, and the inclusion of personal journal entries.
The research I have conducted from the beginning of the semester has contributed to not only the refinement of my concept, but to the process by which I work. This research focused on the representation of gay men, both honest and misconceptions. Also, the technical process of cyanotypes. The experiments I have produced from the beginning of the semester have helped me determine what parts I wish to continue working with and what parts do not contribute to the strength of my concept. I have chosen to stay primarily with cyanotypes, because of the gender association through color and using the addition of my journal to add a personal narrative to each piece. These formal decisions will assist in shaping my work from a personal viewpoint to a universal dialogue about life.
The final body of work will result in a total of 25 cyanotype works that have the inclusion of journal writings and mounted on matte board. My personal goal is to have 3 cyanotype works completed per week till the end of the semester resulting in 25 strong images. By Tuesday, March 5th, I will have a finalized contract for the treatment of my work and by Tuesday, March 26th, I will have 10 works that will demonstrate the final presentation.
The results of making this body of work I hope to learn how I can create images from my own life to advocate for equal rights of those who are also a part of the LGBTQ community and how we are represented through art. Working with the cyanotype process I am constantly improving my mark making skills and the inclusion of my journal entries. By achieving this goal, I know I will be able to overcome my fear of making my art personal and uncensored.