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Kade Marsili

Kent State University

Boy In Front of a Tiger Tapestry
oil on panel


Tell us about the work that you have submitted.

This piece was the first to be created for my thesis show this past spring. The show was made up of works discussing the topics of male femininity, queerness and relationships

How do you describe your work and practice?

My work is an exploration of identity through figurative gesture and symbols such as color and pattern.

What motivated you to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize?

I was motivated to apply because of the amazing jury and the opportunity to have my work shown in places I could never have imagined reaching.

What inspires your work?

My work takes inspiration from so much, including the work of other great painters, illustrators and peers, and the themes of my life such as personal relationships and the struggles of growing up as a queer youth.