Ann-Marie Brown is a Canadian painter based on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. She lives on a narrow strip of land between the forest and the ocean, with her husband, son, dog, and the occasional bear.
"This series was born out of watching my preadolescent son and his peers posturing. Jostling for position in a physical way while dealing with an onslaught of messages about what it means to be male.
I gave each boy a set of adult boxing gloves when he came into the studio and waited to see how he adjusted his stance to fit the role.
The resulting paintings bear witness to pressures perceived and fears felt. Individually the paintings are intimate portraits. As a group, they form a critique of the weight of expectations young boys carry, and a condemnation of the inadequate tools we provide them with for expressing themselves."