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Max Freeman

These sculptures represent the harmful, unrealistic, and outdated principles of masculinity. Inspired by their own experiences, Max’s art demonstrates the emotions that stem from expectations of being masculine and the social pressure from those who perpetrate these negative stereotypes. These three pieces are centered around ‘being the man of the house,’ using masculinity to socially conform, ‘be a man’, and finally, emotional suppression, ‘boys don’t cry’. Max was largely inspired by the abstract expressionist movement and artists, such as David Smith and Herbert Ferber, with the aim of making art that was authentically expressing emotions. In doing so, their emotions became a crucial factor in the creation process and allowed them to use their individual experiences as a catalyst for their creativity.