Being a Man
While my piece “Perfect Man” rejects traditional standards for masculinity, in this piece, I argue that a confident self-image is what makes a man, whether it is traditionally masculine or feminine. In the painting, the man in the middle is holding two masks where one looks more “feminine” and one looks more “masculine”. He is not wearing either, but holds them firmly, showing his control over these appearances. This action and perspective represents how anyone can have both traits within them. The background, a dressing room, also conveys how one can wear any clothes that fit them.