Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
The boxing paintings and drawings are not about fighting as much as they are about the fighter’s existence. Many of the images show the boxer training or in an isolated environment in order to show how methodical their lives become. I see boxers as sacrificial athletes, not only because their health is at risk, but also because they must separate themselves from loved ones during training, as well as abstain from certain foods in order to maintain a certain weight. Every boxer is an underdog, in a sense. They are all at risk of losing something, whether it is their current fight, or their physical ability, which will decline with age. I don’t believe that a person can watch a boxing match without considering his own mortality. Each boxer, like every person, has his own limitations. The fighters in the gym are trying to strengthen what is weak, whether it’s their body, their skill-set, their strategy, etc. Every person, and fighter, has his own Achilles heel.
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George, Joshua Harry, "Inside and outside" (2012). LSU Master's Theses. 1647.