Performative Detail #2, 2017
Soft sculpture, faux fur, cinder blocks and ribbon
Inkjet print, W 5" x H 7"
Considering the present politics of race and gender, Sproat uses play and toy-like objects as tools of social critique. As inanimate representations of life, toys speak to the needs, values, and issues of their time of production. Therefore, they may be strategically used to address socio-political traumas, embed notions on morality, and formulate a new foundation for human interaction. Through the depiction and activation of these objects within constructed environments, Sproat produces performative works based on his circumstantial perspective. His body, sexuality, and play become devices used to destabilize systems of observation and interaction.