Medium/Materials: Embossed Sheet Lead, Sterling Silver, Embroidery floss
Dimensions: 12" x 1" x 40"
Challenging notions of masculinity, these sculptural objects deconstruct adornment to a state of tension between the body and identity. Examining trends of dress and art history, this body of work contrast the portrayals of masculine portraiture in a contemporary context while adorning the physicality and sexuality of this macho mentality. By confronting these sensitivities utilizing metal and the gestures performed when making, the work conflates an intimate and revealing look at masculine personality.
These objects subtly exploit the vulnerability of the human body as a vessel for physicality while exploring the intimacy the body has with adornment. The viewer is confronted with familiar aspects of wearability, yet recognize the intimate nature of these articles of clothing in relations to their of physicals means of adornment. This push and pull relationship allows a greater conversation to be addressed to how one constructs a masculine identity.
Evin Dubois is an artist who was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, and currently resides in Urbana, Illinois. He earned his B.F.A. in Fine Arts with a minor in Art History from Columbus College of Art and Design in 2013. Evin currently is an MFA candidate in Studio Art concentrating in Metal at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Evin has exhibited his work nationally, and most recently presented his work at the Sculpture X Symposium as an Emerging Artist. His studio practice centers on notions of masculinity and identity through references of adornment.