Artist Timothy Pakron is currently featured in Aster Hall's exhibit Reality Revisited.
City Paper: Have you noticed any preconceptions of your work as a gay artist?
Pakron: In our society, we are ingrained to stereotype and make assumptions based on sexuality, race, religion, etc. In my case, I feel that some people might assume that my artwork may stem from the struggles of coming out or being gay in a heterosexist society. Others might assume that my artwork may be feminine, considering homosexuality is associated with being feminine. The amount of preconceptions that people may have are endless.
But, honestly, it doesn't matter There are very few people whose artistic opinions I care about. The goal with my artwork is to ultimately express the ideas that are in my head. I am not trying to prove anything to anyone. I am making art because that is what I love to do.
CP: Describe how sexuality in general or your personal sexuality impacts your work.
P:All of the struggles I have had to deal with because I am gay have greatly affected who I am and thus, the artist that I have become.
Growing up with Christian morals and living in the south, I was taught to fear and suppress my sexuality. It wasn't until only a few years ago that I felt completely comfortable and open about my sexuality. My confidence and freedom to express myself has grown tremendously since then. This has greatly affected my artwork because it has eliminated the boundaries for me. I am comfortable now to do almost anything.
Considering I am essentially a figurative artist, sexuality also impacts my work. Some of my work deals with the rawness of nudity and that is clearly sexual. It is not necessarily my intention for it to be sexual, but because it is a nude figure I feel that people might automatically think of sex when they see a naked body. Sexuality impacts my work because I feel like it is all about being in touch with your feelings and expressing them. My artwork is a personal expression.