Painting, Untapped, Booth U-20
Miles Ingrassia is a Toronto based painter. Ingrassia’s works explore the mail figure, and are influenced heavily by his experiences of growing up in Hamilton, ON, as well as reflections on masculinity. At the core, these oil paintings examine the particular intersection of identity that Ingrassia inhabits – male, white, working class, Canadian. Working form photographs a reference, both staged and from a personal archive, the act of painting allows Ingrassia to disrupt these images, creating moments of tension and dissolution. These works aim to reveal what traditional masculinity tends to hide – fragility, isolation, embarrassment, among other emotions and behaviours, as well as an inability to manage emotions and behaviours like these.