Artist: Keith Buswell graduated with a BFA in art University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He works with various printmaking processes such as screen-printing, intaglio, and mono printing and dabbles in drawing and multimedia. He currently is a member of Karen Kunc’s Constellation Studios where he creates his prints. His work has been shown in the United States, Egypt, Dubai, France, and Italy. Notably, Keith received the Perry Family Award in 2018 and second place in the 40 Under 40 Showcase in Annapolis, MD. He is a contributing artist to issue #23 of The Hand Magazine. He recently finished a residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska City, Nebraska, and at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. Originally from Council Bluffs, Iowa, he currently lives in Lincoln with his husband Brad and his dog Max.
Artist Statement: The world is not as strictly masculine and feminine as I was taught to believe growing up. I have learned that beneath the surface of the genders exists a gamut of voices that have historically been shoved in the closet or tucked away in drawers. My work is the queer filter by which I categorize and process how the rest of the world views me with how I perceive myself.
I use floral symbols juxtaposed to everyday undergarments in hopes of revealing the flagrant and fragrant misconceptions surrounding the sexes. Using the stark and graphic nature of the pencil on paper against the feminine backdrop of ready-made fabric, I am hoping to break down biases about what it is to be a man or a woman.
By exposing the layers just above our skin, unveiling controversial imagery normally deemed inappropriate, I am looking to establish empathy and compassion. I do not believe that a drawing is going to change someone. But perhaps through the prisms of how we categorize hetero-normative stereotypes, the development of new perspectives will form a broader cultural spectrum of gender.
The Little Ones Belong to Him, 2018
Colored pencil, graphite, and acrylic mounted on fabric
28 × 25 in
71.1 × 63.5 cm
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