Thursday, November 3, 2016

Gender Neutral Outhouse Construction Underway!

Production has finally started on the Gender Neutral Outhouse! I must say next to the 5feet by 6 feet painting of Kandy I did a few years back this is my largest piece to date. This installation piece is a key component to my upcoming Gender Neutral exhibition, which is slated for April of 2017 at Core New Art Space. 

The concept for this show was inspired by several of my transgender students at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design whom I had the pleasure of teaching life drawing to last year. One in particular shared his story and the challenges he endured on a weekly basis. His experience followed by the sex discrimination and transgender bathroom case motivated me to create this body of work. 

Sexual discrimination or more specifically urinary discrimination is not new; in fact prior to the late 19th century public toilets were only for men. It wasn't until women entered the work place that public restrooms were made available to them. In 1887 Massachusetts was the first state to pass legislation requiring workplaces to have female specific restrooms. By 1920 most states passed laws regarding sex-segregated bathrooms. The term "Urinary Segregation" was first coined by Jacques Lacan in 1957. In contemporary times this separation is enforced by city laws and building codes.

Prior to bathroom segregation, gender neutral outhouses and chamber pots were the facilities most used. Chamber pots at night inside, outhouses during the day. Although the Outhouses were gender neutral, there was a form of gender identification for the houses, for the families wealthy enough to own more than one. The moon cut into the door represented the female and a star the male. If a family only had one outhouse it would have had a moon. These outhouses were usually located 50-100 yards from the house to help reduce the odor. Today's outhouses are four feet deep by four feet wide and seven and a half feet high. 

The Builder

The Frame for the Back Wall

Lining Up the Boards


Screwing in the Boards

The Back Wall of the Outhouse

Buying more Wood!

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