Cassils works in both performance and photography; yet, the artist’s body is also sculpture.
Through exercise and diet, Cassils works to re-define the gendered nature of the human body—gender, for Cassils, is fluidly defined and in a constant state of becoming. Cassils’ photographs explore this gender-defying body. Cassils' interest in the ambiguity of gender (with its roots, perhaps, in ancient Greece) can be traced throughout the course of American figurative art and find particular resonance in Eakins’ nude photography.
Cassils’ photographs will be displayed at PAFA in conjunction with Thomas Eakins: Photographer, and the artist will perform a signature piece in December.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website