Little Big Man

John Manion

Brooklyn, New York

Silicone rubber, pigment, 2008

19.1 x 10.5 x 7.6 cm, 0.9 kg (7 1/2 x 4 1/8 x 3 in., 2 lb.)

Artist Statement:
I wanted to create a small self portrait which seemed bigger than its actual size through gesture and emotion. The skin color is meant to represent the color of individuals of African descent. I was interested in taking on the identity of another individual. I am a bi-racial half Asian, half Caucasian male. I am interested in how differences are negotiated between people and within the self. How does someone negotiate being queer, religious, and mixed raced, with one's self and with others? I am interested in how one identifies, and how individuals are identified by others, in terms of appearance. By changing my skin color through a small confrontational representation I seek to raise questions.

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