SCHIZOPHRENIC Masculinity

“The goal of recovery is not to become normal. The goal is to embrace the human vocation of becoming more deeply, more fully human.”
– Patricia Deegan (American psychologist and mental health advocate)

I’ve created a series of paintings that examine the fractured self-perception, inconsistencies and curiosities of masculinity by mining my own biography. Schizophrenic Masculinity is an attempt to make my own cultural uniform by trying to wear many at once and displaying the consequences of those attempts.

Diaspora is defined as a dispersed people living outside of their home country.  Diasporic Identity is based on the divided self-perception that simultaneously participates in the culture of its native origin country while being alienated from that culture. This identity simultaneously appropriates and spurns the culture of its new country and does so in a contemporary context of constant digital scrutiny and consumption which in turn informs the degree and nature of appropriation and rejection. This, is Schizophrenic Masculinity.

 

The One with the Three Heads, OIl on Canvas, 6ft x 8ft, 2018

Feature 1

 The one with the Yellow Eyes, oil on canvas, 2016

The one with the Yellow Eyes, oil on canvas, 2016

The Big Green One, oil on canvas, 2016

 The Big Red One, Oil on canvas, 6ft x 8ft, 2016

The Big Red One, Oil on canvas, 6ft x 8ft, 2016

The Big Blue One, Oil on canvas, 2015