Padyn Humble is an artist and curator living and working in Missoula, Montana. He received his BFA in painting from the University of Montana in 2018.
I am interested in the intersection of masculinity, sexuality, the impact of western-ness on cultural identity, and privilege awarded to those who fit the expectations of the social environment. For instance, Montana’s masculine standards are influenced by deeply ingrained harsh ruggedness - From Buffalo Bill to Burly Hunters. These traits lend a wide net of validity to what it means to be male. As an artist, I research the predisposition of this projected norm, and how these standards are perpetuated through pop culture, advertisements, and ordinary examples.
Re-contextualizing cultural objects/images such as truck hitches, cowboy boots, and the like requires the viewer to understand the original intention and/or possible history, while simultaneously questioning this history’s status. This is accomplished is by compositional fragmentation, suggesting the masculine standard is also fragmented; and by elevating the presence of the femininity.