Everyday details are something that most of us can relate to. Moments like folding laundry, cooking dinner, washing the dog, or even cuddling on the couch to watch Netflix, are everyday details that connect us as humans. We have more similarities than we have differences. It is through these similarities that I wish to show how being a gay man and even being in a gay relationship is more normal than it is different. From statements that I have observed, people will sometimes see what they want to see and interpret what they are allowed to see. This work is successful because there is a balance between publicity and privacy, which is common for many people and relationships.
In this body of work one of my main goals is to work against certain stigma and stereotypes of gay men. The way that masculinity is portrayed in art may have an effect on how people view men who are gay and what a gay relationship actually looks like. Addressing this stigma, images were chosen out of honesty and transparency. Imagery for this work are photographs that were taken of my everyday life. The inclusion of writing originates from my journals, layered on top of images that capture my life. Words and phrases emphasized were chosen based on how we relate as humans and how these relatable words assist the viewer to see that being gay is not so different from any other relationship.
3 hours of writing and editing artist statement
4 hours of listening to art related podcasts
6 hours of cyanotype exposures
Total this week: 13 hours
Total overall: 228 hours