Sandi Petrie

My work deals with issues of identity and location of the self in contemporary Western society. Currently I am interested in addressing ideas of adolescent sexuality/gender construction in relation to larger themes of identity. The work functions to highlight several negative attributes of normative gender behaviors within Western culture, while providing difference from these standardized ideals. The work also serves to encourage the viewer to create new solutions for his or herself. In reality, I believe that we are all somewhere between being gendered “male” or “female”. Some of us depart from or transgress these boundaries altogether. It is my intention to create work that radically challenges these detrimental, normalized notions of identity, and to create a safe space for individuals to re-invent and express new ways of being.