Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro, 2014, USA

Never have I ever

In this work I attempt to speak about family connections and lineage, while ques- tioning the modes in which boys become men. I am fascinated with how the hunt of animals projects the masculinity of the hunter. The fox fur used in the work was gifted to me from my Uncle, who trapped it thirty-five years ago. By reassessing this fox into the format of a brush, I wish to connect the masculine nature of the hunt to a way in which a boy may learn to become a man through shaving one’s face. I feel that metal proves as an essential medium to express this idea, becoming a method to preserve the shaving brush as a tool and trophy.

Copper, fox fur, gold