glass object, 2023
free hand blown glass
made during Karin Forslund’s class

The starting point is the exploration of male carnality within the context of contemporary perceptions of masculinity. Hegemonic masculinity is often associated with hierarchy, violence, and control, emphasizing strength and dominance in the context of the male body. I invert a part of the male body, showing it lying on its back with raised thighs, aiming to draw attention to opposing features such as tenderness, which is culturally considered unmanly. I expose sensitive areas of a man in a position where it is difficult to defend himself and can easily be hurt. I believe that exposing vulnerability can be a strength. This is why I am exploring forms to discuss masculinity that exist between dominance and submission, seeking a balance rooted in awareness and self-confidence.