Artist Statement:
Western societal mores come with expectations such as gender roles, heteronormativity, masculinity in boys, and femininity in girls. The way we think about gender has a long list of deeply embedded microaggressions: “don’t be a girl”, “man up”, “she’s a bitch”, “that’s gay”. The list goes on, including less obvious phrases and actions. What exactly do they mean? And upon reflection, how do they confuse an adolescent trying to define their gender or sexuality?

“But I’m nothing, if I can’t be me. If I can’t be true to myself, they don't mean anything.” Kanye West

Artist Bio:
Joshua McDevitt is a Washington born photographer and a 2016 Master of Fine Arts recipient at The University of Iowa. His practice, in addition to photography, includes video, printmaking, sculpture, and installation. By using the creative process as a means to reflect, Joshua’s work delves into memory and various themes of identity from sexual orientation to place and the definition of home. Recently, he was featured on Aint-Bad Magazine’s website and at the Society for Photographic Education conference as part of the 4th Annual Combined Caucus Exhibition.