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Natalie McLaurin

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

My sculptures, drawings, videos, and prints use figures that either hide from gender stereotypes or confront them. Some of the figures express frustration in a comic way, while other figures appropriate male gestures of power. I would like to move beyond stereotyped understandings of gender to a more complex understanding. A move towards a way of thinking that can honor the legacy of craft techniques traditionally associated with women. A complex understanding of gender would allow people to move seamlessly from women’s activities to men’s activity that have been assigned by gender without questioning one’s womanhood or manhood.

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