Heather Courtney, "Bobby", 2007, C-Print, 16x20"

Heather Courtney, “Bobby”, 2007, C-Print, 16×20″

Heather Courtney

These images explore the varying tensions surrounding the idea of “masculinity”, a social construct that is either accepted by individuals or forced upon them. What is the relationship between masculinity and the idea of accepted vs. forced control? I am interested in our impulse to adhere to traditional gender roles even as they slowly lose their pertinence and fill us with a quiet anxiety.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Heather Courtney has long been fascinated by what makes people who they are. Previously a neurobiologist, Heather broke away from her scientific research in 2004 to seek a more creative outlet for her curiosity. She received her BFA from Parsons School for Design in 2007 and began pursuing a career as a visual artist. Her work deals with notions of identity, masculinity, ritual and family. Heather now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.