Sasha and Gus, 2014 by Amanda James

image of Sasha and Gus 2014 by Amanda James

Artist's statement

Swift changes in adolescent bodies prompt young people to make and remake their identities, sensibilities and relationships. While dealing with rapid somatic change, they are also subject to ambivalent messages about the risks and vulnerabilities of youth. Here, raw emotion flows between Sasha and Gus as they make sense of becoming adult amid this societal ambivalence. Two years older, Sasha troubles Gus over bodily change.