Joseph Gray Swartzel

Third-Year MFA Candidate




Gray Swartzel was born in Raleigh and currently resides between Pittsburgh and New York. With training from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of New South Wales in Sydney and Carnegie Mellon University, the artist investigates his biological and constructed familial matrilineage through the lenses of gender construction and sexuality fabrication through public and personal masquerade. Swartzel works to blur the lines between masculinity/femininity, man/woman, and son/mother through an interdisciplinary approach that utilizes concepts of bio-politics and psychoanalysis, such as Lacan’s objet petit a.

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