I am a painter who is interested in the sense of absurdity and the spectacle of the mundane. I juxtapose anonymous male nude figures with representational objects in surrealist scenes. Through playing with the scale of the subject matters, and collaging photos I took from everyday life, I challenge the audience’s perception of the world. By breaking pictorial conventions and creating physically impossible space, I create a world in which the figures feel relaxed and free to be who they are without any predetermined goals or moral imperative. At the same time, in this strange world with familiar objects, the figures are lost and bemused. They do not know where they are and where to go.
I choose to paint in a representational style because I want to expand the traditional pedagogical and political use of images throughout history. When familiar objects become strange or unreasonable in my works, there is potential for the audience to recalibrate their understanding of the world. My background in stage design inflects the environments in my paintings. Therefore, canvases become stages and I, as the painter, become the director. The scenes are still, transient and not reasonable.
By using different gestures of male bodies in my work, I expand the traditional concept of masculinity. In my works, these nude bodies are bathed in sexual innuendo, tension, and gay desire. They expose themselves or commit acts of kink (like biting underwear) while staring at the viewer and letting them into an aspect of secrecy. The figures in my paintings are beautiful, sexy, frail, effeminate, and sickly.