CONNOR SHIELDS & PERCEPTIONS OF ‘MALENESS’

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My practice is concerned with perceptions of ‘maleness’ and ‘masculinity’ growing up in a working-class town.  I am interested in ideas around how we are taught to behave based upon our binary sex.

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Built Like A Brick Shithouse - 2018
BUILT LIKE A BRICK SHITHOUSE (2018) by Connor Shields

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I use knitting within my work as it is perceived to be a domestic hobby for women in the present day, and I aim to challenge this stereotype; being a man that is knitting.

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Teaching My Dad How To Knit
Film still from TEACHING MY DAD HOW TO KNIT (2018) by Connor Shields

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I juxtapose the knitting with materials that are linked with a stereotype of a ‘working man’. Materials such as bricks and scaffolding.  Individually the materials have their own connotations, however, when placed together our perceptions of these materials are altered.  Although the materials are contrasting, they work together harmoniously.

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Thirteen Thousand Four Hundred and Forty - 2018
THIRTEEN THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND FORTY (2018) by Connor Shields
Disparity - 2018
DISPARITY (2018) by Connor Shields

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You can explore Shields works further by visiting www.connorshields.com

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To explore more queer contemporary art please visit Balaclava.Q.

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All images were kindly supplied by the artist.

Please contact the artist before using them.

Thank you.

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