Puppyhood (2017)

“Puppyhood” consists of a large puppy head and soft beige garments. An unopened zipper goes across his crackled muzzle, making him unable to speak. A puppy hood is also a leather mask that is popular in BDSM play, and usually consists of a zipper muzzle and blindfold. With this piece I was thinking about control and vulnerability, and how those things can function tenderly inside a mutually loving relationship. My husband Ryan is the person that acts inside of this creature, which has been a part of performance work that I have done. Video: joshroach.com/videos/spring...

Puppyhood - 7' x 2' x 2' - Paper Mache, Cardboard, Resin, Fabric, Zipper