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Revealed, Jon Wos - Embedded
2006 - Pastel on Paper, 26” x 20”
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Wos’s work explores masculinity while it depicts fragility. As a young man with brittle bone disease (osteogenesis imperfecta) and small stature, his self-portraits often show him in the act of self-examination. Some images illustrate multiple versions of himself: pensive, defiant, boisterous, and arguing simultaneously with his various personae. They offer possibilities of maleness in the face of a society that values size and strength.

In “Revealed” Wos lies in bed in a full-body cast. He holds an X-ray over the site of the break in his leg, showing the injury that is the reason for his immobility. The cast renders his body as a featureless, genderless object. The sticklike femur with its metal plate shown in the X-ray is somewhat phallic and hints at the male body under the plaster. His gaze is turned away from us, heightening the feeling of a private revelation.
Riva Lehrer