WORK: nomenclature

“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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