Ink & Pencil on Paper. 2015 [ Private Collection ]
I was looking at my collection of dicks. For over 10 years I was a prosthesis artist, hand making corrective medical devices such as penile prosthetics & STP (stand to pee) devices for Men, Trans Masculine and Gender Diverse People across the world. I have hand made many flaccid various life-like dicks made from material that feels like real skin. I started to play with them, thinking of performances and how our body and body parts occupies the space.
I experimented with several mediums, painting the dicks and then taking impressions. Like an inkblot test they started to bring about different articulations of the ink pressed against the paper. Whilst making impressions of the various handmade flaccid dicks I started to question the authenticity of these prosthetics and the value society places on being fully functional in body, mind and life.
Investigating even further the authenticity of my own body by moulding and casting my own genitals into a prosthesis then making ink impressions. I then drew a self-portrait coming from the ink impressions. fragmenting my body further by removing my legs and arms. I have always seen myself as incomplete in body, mind and life but I am now questioning how much of this representation is formed by societies narrow restrictive construct of an ideal.