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Claiming and Controlling Space: Combining heterosexual fatherhood with artistic practice

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This article is structured around nine short vignettes that explore the complex and embedded gendered relations of fatherhood for heterosexual male contemporary Canadian visual artists at different stages of life. In contributing to the geographical literature on work, gender, and identities, this article answers the questions: What form does hegemonic masculinity take in the visual arts? How do male artists organize and conceptualize work life and family life? What impact does fatherhood have on artistic identity construction? In formulating answers to these questions, I argue that dominant discourses of masculinity have left some men feeling illegitimate as both artists and fathers, and reliant on spatial control as a mechanism to 'fix' their artistic identities.

Keywords: Masculinity; artistic practices; fatherhood; occupational identity

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: York University, Ontario, Canada

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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