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Painting that depicts an image of two wrestlers grasping hands overlayed with a transparent image of the two men's wrestling bodies entangled on the ground.

Boys' Life

Kate Donoghue


Boys’ Life reveals moments of tension and conflict, both physical and emotional, that occur in bodily athletic interactions through a series of figural acrylic paintings. By adapting documentary sports imagery into intentionally cropped, monochromatic paintings, the work reconsiders the mundane and innate moments of intimacy that would otherwise be shrouded by the norms of spectator sports culture. These explorations question assumptions that sports are inherently strong and masculine by highlighting moments of vulnerability and contradiction. The collection of painted works invites a curious reexamination of touch and masculinity in sports.