2012, chine collé, intaglio, cotton, western and eastern papers
These pieces serve as the initial point of a larger body of work exploring “Masculinity” and “Femininity.” These ideas are constantly being reformed by each individual’s distinct definition and experience. Within our culture, the lines between these two are slowly blurring, yet we still connect certain words or qualities to them. I want to begin this new exploration and body of work as a simple statement of viewing these two ideas or words as separate entities made up of the same core qualities as I have been conditioned to see them. The base of both of these pieces is a pattern that is inspired by cellular structures, reminiscent of a double helix. The pattern also takes on different shapes to each individual viewer, whether it may be musical notes, clothes on a line, or nests. I am combining both printmaking and fibers techniques in order to incorporate another layer of making distinctions between masculinity and femininity.