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Rebecca Knapp

MA work

I see my current work as a series of self-portraits, as a preposterous egocentric and heroic artist, flexing his/her muscles. Extending beyond earlier investigations of British lad culture and heteronormative masculinity, this series of paintings is absorbed in a self-conscious performance of machismo; simultaneously ridiculing and enjoying class, drag, masculinity, femininity, queer culture, sexual ego and heterosexist 'norms'. By accessing my own prejudices and vanities, an aggressive mockery of normative gender roles is facilitated.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Painting, 2008

  • I see my current work as a series of self-portraits, as a preposterous egocentric and heroic artist, flexing his/her muscles. Extending beyond earlier investigations of British lad culture and heteronormative masculinity, this series of paintings is absorbed in a self-conscious performance of machismo; simultaneously ridiculing and enjoying class, drag, masculinity, femininity, queer culture, sexual ego and heterosexist 'norms'. By accessing my own prejudices and vanities, an aggressive mockery of normative gender roles is facilitated.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, 2005
  • Exhibitions

  • The Painting Room, Transition Gallery, London, 2008; Interim Show, Royal College of Art, 2007; Howie Street is Dead, Long Live Howie Street, Royal College of Art, 2007
  • Awards

  • First Prize, Royal College of Art, Painting Travel Bursary, 2007