Posted on | January 12, 2012 | 2 Comments
So pleased to show you the work of Canadian artist Ann-Marie Brown!
Stumbling Towards Manhood: a close look at the emotional life of boys
Stumbling Towards Manhood is the woman’s eye view of the formation of masculine identity.
“The series was born out of watching my pre-adolescent son and his peers posturing and jostling for position in a very physical way, while grappling with an onslaught of messages about what it is to be male.
I gave each model a set of adult boxing gloves when they came to the studio, then waited to see how they adjusted their stance to fit the role.
The resulting paintings bear witness to pressures perceived and fears felt. Individually the paintings are intimate portraits, and as a body form a critique of the weight of expectations that young boys face.”
More on Ann-Marie Brown:
An emerging artist on the Canadian scene, this Vancouver-based painter is building a reputation as the newest addition to the wax-painting genre. Ms. Brown spent her twenties gaining diverse experiences that included religious studies in Europe, critical theory studies in Canada, and travels to far off regions of the world including Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia. She recently settled on a remote stretch of coast an hour by boat from Vancouver, British Columbia – a place that she says satisfies her desire for living on the edge.
Ann-Marie has devoted the last decade to working professionally as a painter in oil and wax. She joins the ranks of artists who have contributed to reviving the medium’s popularity, such as fellow Canadian Tony Scherman. Her process is daunting, consisting of heating wax to a molten state and then applying it to a canvas.