WORK: Titles from Excerpts: The Boy Changes His Name Again

“Malleable identification, as the boy has taken it on, has not been a liberating experience, but it has been a relief.”

2012. Ink on paper. 10 x 7.5 in.

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“Such stringent guidelines governing self-identification may seem arbitrary presently, but he’s borne names prior to this one which did not allow for any hair growth at all. [ . . . ] These are but a few of the instances in which he finds that only specific decisions can ever be made. Fluid identity has not turned out to be the liberation he anticipated.”

2012. Ink on paper. 7 x 7.5 in.

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“To be clear: Those names did not engender relentless pruning regimes. Rather, each name – for the entirety of its active duration – rendered hair growth biologically impossible.”

2012. Ink on paper. 6.75 x 7.5 in.

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“[ . . . ] but he’s borne names prior to this one which did not allow for any hair growth at all.”

2012. Ink on paper. 7 x 7.5 in.

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“He’s told he could have lightning bolt patterns shaved into the hair on the sides of his head. This causes him to chuckle. It would be silly to expect any notion of choice here, for the name he currently bears ensures that there can be only one possible outcome to this situation.”

2012. Ink on paper. 7 x 7 in.

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“Golden, early evening sunlight casts a reflection of the duvet upon the inside of the windowpane. Seen within this semitransparent mirror image is a sizeable shadow slowly, and silently, pacing to and fro across the surface of the duvet. But, no such shadow darkens the real, physical duvet. Certainly, nothing is moving, nor present, in the room (nor outside the window) to act as the source of the shadow. The only one there is the boy beneath the duvet.”

2012. Ink on paper. 7 x 7 in.

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“[ . . . ] what might make a grown man switch to saying ‘afterward’ after a lifetime of saying ‘afterwards?'”

2012. Ink on paper. 7 x 6 in.

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“Never the same, and always advancing toward decay: This is to be perpetually new, but not ever again young. The boy will invariably have more behind him, by now, than in front.”

2011. Ink on paper. 6.25 x 4 in.

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“The boy is beginning to understand that new is also older.”

2011. Ink on paper. 4 x 3 in.

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2011. Ink on paper. 9 x 5.75 in.“He’s already been over it in his head. He’s figured it out. But he’s thinking about it again, compulsively. He’s wasting time. He’s thinking, not doing. And it is becoming less defined the more he reexamines it.”

2011. Ink on paper. 9 x 5.75 in.

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