Ryan Collins Xavier University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Suzanne Chouteau Xavier University
Through various printmaking processes, I am exploring hookup culture as defined by Donna Freitas in her book "The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy". My representations are empathetic to both men and women as hookup culture ultimately undermines our generation’s ability to develop meaningful relationships. We struggle with direct communication and truly valuing one another as human beings.
My subject matter is meant to show the various layers within this discussion. How people are acting due to the culture that they’re forced to live in versus the type of culture they wish to live in: one of mutual respect, understanding, and vulnerability. The first piece is meant to be from the women’s point of view by showing the consequences of treating sex with such a casual attitude. The second piece highlights the struggle that men experience living in hookup culture--“acting like a man” on the outside while on the inside, a feeling individual exists.
The disconnections bred by hookup culture do not have to be perpetuated; my work aims to rekindle a notion of culture where loving connections breed meaningful lives.

Works of art:
Consequences of the Casual
18"x17" unframed; 25"x23" framed
Mixed media emboss

Man Up + Jacob
30"x11" unframed; 37"x17" framed
Screen print and linocut

When & Where

Irwin Library 1st Floor