“The Others” refer to people that are labeled and identified to be outside of western societal norms because of their differences to the aesthetic or political ideal.
Kristen (Female African American) 36x36 in., Oil on Mylar
Tara (Trans) 24x24 in., Oil on Mylar
Steve (Mexican American Artist) 24x24 in., Oil on Mylar
Lara (Saudi Muslim Woman) 24x24 in., Oil on Mylar
Julio (Gay Undocumented Immigrant 24x24 in., Oil on Mylar
Evan (Of Mixed Race) 24x24 in., Oil on Mylar
Sergio (Mexican American Artist) 24x24 in., Oil on Mylar
Tony(Hardcore Punk Rock Badass) 24x24 in., Oil on Mylar
“The Others” refer to people that are labeled and identified to be outside of western societal norms because of their differences to the aesthetic or political ideal. This series investigates our culture’s perception of “the other and otherness” and how prescribed labels determine society’s behavior toward a social group because of race, gender, sex, class, and religion. When someone is perceived to challenge the dominant group’s value and beliefs, he or she are marginalized and excluded. This exclusion leads to social groups without a political voice with fewer rights like not being able to marry someone that is the same sex or people of different race and class not having the right to vote. To explicitly challenge this notion, the work uses the painted portrait to generate a high viewer involvement. Through this engagement, a social perception is made to determine whether or not the sitter of the portrait is part of the individuals group or is in the out-group. At the same time question whether or not the person embraces their prescribed identity or falls victim to categorization.
Echoing the socially constructed identity of the sitter, the work, at first, seems disjointed with visible construction lines with parts missing. The partially complete areas of the painting, let the viewer fill in the blanks and derive the secondary meaning of what the work signifies. Subconsciously we create social categories and groups when we interact with someone else. During this interaction, one can either recognize our shared humanity and embrace diversity ignoring the rhetoric to engage in productive discourse or simply decide not to.