Padyn Humble is an artist living and working in Missoula, Montana.
I am interested in the relationship between masculinity and sexuality. How the association of place can influence how others perceive you and how you present yourself, as well as privilege awarded to those who fit the expectations of the environment. Montana holds a sense of harsh ruggedness that is deeply ingrained in its culture, where the dominant traits must be male to be valid. In my work I intend to both criticize this predisposition and also question it.
The method of investigation for my form is through color; to use colors not normally associated with traits of masculinity. The combinations of pinks, orange, pastels, and neon are put into relation to inform the viewer of a push and pull of gender expectations. Conceptually, I want this work to stand as a signifier to what the public assumes is masculine or feminine. Once the associations are fragmented I want to stress the boundaries of expectations of masculinity and sexuality within my environment.