This video attempts to locate the absurdity of masculinity. By absurdity, I mean the way the notion of the male is perceived in society and how illogical the idea of manliness can appear. I began by demystifying the male stereotype and evoking the absurd within male dominated subcultures through the depiction of hair, which acted as a signifier for male authenticity. I explore the identification of the masculine and the use of the guise as a masquerade through simple repetitive actions. I set out to reveal the dramatisation of the role model, through identities such as sportsmen, movie stars and family role models. Maturing is intended to be a satire, an in-your-face mockery of the male (a mockery that resulted in a rash that persisted for three days after the work was completed). The characters I play in Maturing could relate to anyone. I only hope to be able to project this elusive state and locate it within a coherent context that relates to masculinity, its absurdity and me.
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