Travis Donovan
banner elk, north carolina

Instagram: @travisualize






Two Man Crosscut Saw (Rose)
2019, Etched steel
Courtesy of the artist

This work is part of a series investigating masculine stereotypes and expectations in the South where I grew up, juxtaposing typically masculine imagery and practices with images and practices that are typically viewed as feminine. The crosscut saw is a part of a series of tools I collected at various ages growing up and is actually my great grandfather’s. These objects were symbols of masculine status. The patterns on the outside are directly from my grandmother’s wallpaper patterns. The juxtaposition of the materials and imagery reference the simultaneous expectations of masculine aggressiveness and delicate quality of the patterns that I enjoyed drawing as a young man.