WORK: identity

“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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2011. Ink on paper. 6 x 9 in.“Now they’re just showing off, he thinks. ‘Tadeusz and Gregory.’ The mere sound of those two names makes the boy want to spit on the floor. It is perhaps only the presence of carpet beneath his feet that prevents him from doing so. This aversion has most likely been carried over from a former self (certain neuroses of hygiene accompanied several of his previous names); likewise, his current disdain for the pair of scientists is a reaction to specific events experienced by someone he will not reconcile as himself (despite corporeal continuity). These lingering compulsions would weaken the case for his practice of pronounced inconsistent identity if only he were to acknowledge their origins.”

2011. Ink on paper. 6 x 9 in.

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2011. Ink on paper. 3.5 x 5.5 in.“The name-changes had come to be a way of ignoring his past, though he didn’t always understand that. He isn’t so sure now, either. They might instead be more about him running with the present, or toward the future.”

2011. Ink on paper. 3.5 x 5.5 in.

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