Padyn Humble is an artist living and working in Missoula, Montana.
The focus of my work is the intersection of masculinity and sexuality in the Western United States. Place can influence how others perceive you and how you present yourself. There is 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 work is through color, object, and compositional combination. Using objects and color as symbols, I recontextualize the original by combining them together to navigate masculinity and sexuality in the West. The combinations of my compositions are put into relation to inform the viewer of a push and pull of gender expectations. I want this work to stand as a signifier to what the public associates with the West/Montana, while reexamining what it means to be a man in such a lens. Once the associations are fragmented I want to stress the boundaries of expectations of masculinity and sexuality within my environment.