PAINTINGS > Zippers Short and Skinny

Zippers Short and Skinny explores the complex phenomenon of masculinity within the societal landscape. As a continuation of the Dirty Laundry series, which surveyed the artist's own identity, Zippers Short and Skinny aims to dissect the communal expectations and stereotypes that perpetuate masculinity, examining how they manifest in various facets of contemporary life.

In these hand-painted works, silky fabrics and hand-woven latch hook textiles (a technique learned from Huckins' grandmother as a child) are combined with historical paintings of men and boys to confront the effects of rigid gender norms, which not only restrict the emotional expression and personal growth of individuals, but also contribute to systemic issues such as violence, discrimination, and inequality. The notion that strength equates to dominance and aggression, seeking to dismantle the male bravado narrative that reinforce harmful behaviors and attitudes as imbedded into our contemporary culture.

Zippers Short and Skinny fosters dialogue and introspection, encouraging viewers to interrogate their own beliefs and behaviors while advocating for a more inclusive and equitable society. This body of work strives to contribute to the ongoing conversation surrounding gender, identity, and social justice, ultimately envisioning a future where all individuals are free to express themselves authentically, without fear or prejudice.

The Brown Boy (Thomas Lister after Reynolds), in situ
oil + acrylic on canvas, handwoven natural + synthetic yarn
84 x 61 x 94 in (213.36 x 154.94 x 238.76 cm)
2024
The Brown Boy (Thomas Lister after Reynolds), in situ
oil + acrylic on canvas, handwoven natural + synthetic yarn
84 x 61 x 94 in (213.36 x 154.94 x 238.76 cm)
2024
Hand of A Young Man in Green Satin Fabric
oil + acrylic on canvas
36 x 30 in (91.44 x 76.2 cm)
2024
Richard Heber (after Copley), in situ
oil + acrylic on canvas, handwoven natural + synthetic yarn
96 x 24 x 56 in (243.84 x 60.96 x 142.24 cm)
2024
Richard Heber (after Copley), in situ
oil + acrylic on canvas, handwoven natural + synthetic yarn
96 x 24 x 56 in (243.84 x 60.96 x 142.24 cm)
2024
The Death of General Wolfe (after West)
acrylic on canvas, handwoven natural + synthetic yarn
88 x 3 x 96 in (223.52 x 7.62 x 243.84 cm)
2024
The Death of General Wolfe (after West), in situ
acrylic on canvas, handwoven natural + synthetic yarn
88 x 3 x 96 in (223.52 x 7.62 x 243.84 cm)
2024
Metallic Gold Fabric
oil on canvas
26 x 22 in (66.04 x 55.88 cm)
2024
Metallic Chrome Fabric
oil on canvas
26 x 22 in (66.04 x 55.88 cm)
2024
John Hancock (after Copley)
oil + acrylic on canvas, handwoven natural + synthetic yarn
63 X 36 in (160.02 x 91.44 cm)
2023
John Hancock (after Copley), in situ
oil + acrylic on canvas, handwoven natural + synthetic yarn
63 x 36 in (160.02 x 91.44 cm)
2023
Hand of A Boy In Pink Satin Fabric
oil + acrylic on canvas
32 x 26 in (81.28 x 66.04 cm)
2023
Portrait in Green Satin Fabric (Nicholas Boylston after Copley)
oil + acrylic on canvas
56 x 44 in (142.24 x 111.76 cm)
2024
Portrait in Pink Satin Fabric (Joseph Sherburne after Copley)
oil + acrylic on canvas
56 x 44 in (142.24 x 111.76 cm)
2024
Portrait of A Youth In An Embroidered Vest (after Lemoine)
acrylic on canvas, handwoven natural + synthetic yarn
52 x 27 x 2.5 in (132.08 x 68.58 x 6.35 cm)
2023
Floral Fabric Study
oil on canvas
20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
2023
Hand of A Boy In Off White Satin Fabric
oil + acrylic on canvas
30 x 28 in (76.2 x 71.12 cm)
2024
Various Fabrics: Portrait of Thomas Abthorpe Cooper (after Harding)
oil + acrylic on canvas
36 x 30 in (91.44 x 76.20 cm)
2023
Pink Satin Fabric
oil on canvas
20 x 20 in (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
2023
Light Gold Satin Fabric
oil on canvas
20 x 20 in (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
2024
Mylar Study During Sunrise
oil on canvas
16 x 12 in (40.64 x 30.48 cm)
2023
Gold Mylar Study with Reflection
oil on canvas
16 x 12 in (40.64 x 30.48 cm)
2023
Soft Gold Satin Fabric Study
oil on canvas
16 x 16 in (41.64 x 41.64 cm)
2022
Blue Satin Fabric Study
oil on canvas
32 x 30 in (81.28 x 76.2 cm)
2023
White Fabric Study
oil on canvas
12 x 12 in (30 x 30 cm)
2022