I just re-read my thesis from grad school. Here's an excerpt:
The things that interest me are, in no particular order, toy guns, real guns, trophy animals, fast cars, fishing, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Teddy Roosevelt, big muscles, big egos, almost anything that is big—the bigger the better, the military, construction, tractors, whiskers, large equipment, camping, motorcycles and very, very big bon fires. My work is about the sometimes humorous and always ambiguous border between a man’s ego and his nobility. My work nestles down into the space between a serious tribute to masculinity and a critique of its intrinsic flaws. That intersection offers me a place to make work that offers one picture of what the words man, masculine, and testosterone have meant to some in the past and what it still means to others today. Phrases like “It’s a guy thing” and “male bonding” are helpful to keep in mind when trying to place this work within the context of an ever fluctuating gender culture.