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Boys Are Weird
The title expresses an imagined thought bubble above a sympathetic sister listening to the bizarre confessions of an older brother or boy-neighbor in quiet, dumbfounded bewilderment.
The Boys Are Weird series was created between 2006 and 2008 as a paper compliment to my 2003--2006 bronze figurative series. The eccentric line that is characteristic of intaglio drypoint on copper place paired well with how I modeled the wax that became the figures in bronze. The intimate scale and simple, restricted composition of the Boys Are Weird prints allowed me to work quickly, while exploring a wide range of possible emotions and motivations that associate with autoeroticism. These include but are not limited to a simple tension release, substituting accessible pleasure for something lacking, a celebration or a pacifier.
Switching from bronze to printed paper brought levity to the somber melancholy instilled by bronze. To my own shock and amusement, as each image led me to further, more complicated emotions and acts, my intuition suggested I was onto something meaningful, albeit bizarre.