P. Roch Smith
installationssculpturepaintingspecial projects
An interest in the construction of male identity drives my work. Moving between sculpture and painting, I employ images of athletes, including hockey players and boxers, to reflect critically on the nature of masculinity. Using images of men in their most typically male moments, I challenge stereotypically masculine identities by overlapping images of aggression with subtexts of tenderness.

GI JOE™, the quintessential embodiment of the male identity, informs my practice. I collect the action figure and GI JOE™ often appears in my work as a way to denote the failure of traditional notions of maleness. Also present is the concept of time – notably the idea of memory and how it works as a trigger for visual explorations.