In my research I have been considering the expectations bestowed upon artists who have specific marks of identity, and how their work is expected to authenticate their experience: women should represent their gender, people of color should represent their race, and queer folk should represent their desire. I wanted to problematize this equation by articulating normative, white, male figures using the aforementioned terms of contemporary portraiture.
Having shot thousands of live-action sports photographs between 2015 and 2017, I selected figures from my archive that presumably fit such criteria (normative, white, male), and juxtaposed them digitally amid an array of summer wildflowers. The larger-than-life inkjet prints of these compositions hover between the visual languages of digital collage and European portrait painting. “Football” explores the idea that portratiture doesn’t necessarily disclose intrinsic truths about the subject matter it depicts, but rather renders representations of body as wildly fluctuating surfaces upon which culture projects, incises, and embeds its ideals.