As a male who grew up in the wake of Detroit’s automobile fueled economy and currently lives in the “cowboy state” - Wyoming, USA -aspects of an antiquated and fleeting definition of maleness have been invariably present in my life. My project Between Gods and Animals looks at the communities who choose to disregard the growing seismic shift in American gender equality.  Across years of observation and membership, the doctrine is uniform. How the performance manifests or displays itself does not matter, assumed supremacy is the objective and expectation.

Inspired by personal experience, the confluence of villain’s and hero’s in 1960’s Revisionist Western cinema and present day revelations, Between Gods & Animals is a survey of the American straight white male’s endless pursuit to sustain power and inability to live by their own set of codes. In a culture where patriarchal structures are beginning to erode, the struggle to maintain influence, control and liberties ofyesteryear remain constant for their imagined empire. The dismantling of historical icons and everyday definitions of virility mark a timely subversion to the recognized and outdated socio-political hierarchies that govern Western culture.

Comparing historical standards of ordinary masculine conduct to its contemporary counterpart, the work reflects a nation in flux. One whose ideology and positionality is being reinterpreted, questioned and displaced after centuries of ruthlessly establishing itself as an unequivocal superior.