/09 Adolescence

Michelle Sank

Bye-Bye Baby

These portraits deal with the way young boys and girls interpret their understanding of masculinity and femininity within the milieu of our society today. The subjects appear to occupy personal spaces dominated by their interpretation of what constitutes being male and female.

Having left the purity of their childhood worlds, they seem to take on the trappings attributed to the grown ups they mimic. Fashion, body image and the first stirrings of narcissism are explored, reflecting the status quo as set out in popular culture and the media. Body language itself is also observed where the developing characteristics of male and female behaviour are looked at.

The way they interact with the world around them in a purely physical sense, as well as in a social and psychological one, has been of continuing interest to me.