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DARYL VOCAT

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Daryl will receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from the University of Regina this year.

"I have had the luck to lead two distinct lives." -Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement.

This series of prints stems from my twelve years of participation in the Scouting movement. My experiences with Scouting took place during the formative stages of my life and have deeply affected the way in which I view the world today. I find myself continually returning to the ideas and ideals of Scouting; what I have learned, how I have changed and what influence these teachings have had on me. The Scouting movement has shaped the way I relate with people, nature and my environment.

"Scouts" deals directly with sex, gender and sexuality in relation to boy culture and its various manifestations. There is a continual struggle between the boy I was expected to be and the person I am today. In my work I reassess current notions of masculinity and boyhood. Both the imagery and the fact that the images are prints deal with repetition. This decision relates to the way in which Boy Scouts are often reduced to little more than clones in uniform-- the uniform erases individual identity and allows for a "universal" experience.


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Daryl Vocat: 'The Promise', Etching/monoprint, 1998

"The Promise," 1998
from the series, "Scout"
Etching/monoprint
38 x 35.5 cm

  Daryl Vocat, 'Process of Change', Etching, 1999

"Process of Change," 1999
from the series, "Scout"
Etching
38 x 35.5 cm

 

 

 

Daryl Vocat, 'Blindfold Feeding', Etching 1999

"Blindfold Feeding," 1999
from the series, "Scout"
Etching
38 x 35.5 cm




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