Mike Shultis

Region: MFA Annual

Website: http://www.michaelshultis.com

City / State: New Haven, CT

I make art that reflects our current time and American culture. I both hold up a mirror to society and reflect my role within it. My work illustrates aspects of toxic whiteness and masculinity that I find pertinent to today’s problems. I feel it is my responsibility, as a white heterosexual American male, to critique and reject such identities. I often think of medieval jesters who through humor and entertainment could push sociopolitical agendas onto the ruling class, sometimes successfully. I try to reclaim the power of those medieval jesters through my process of aestheticizing that which is abject. With humor and beauty as a catalyst, my garish environments lure in viewers who get lost inside only to discover the ugliness and stupidity that is the driving force of our time.