VCS alumna Lily Maslanka talks with SVA Features about her recent project “The Rise and Fall of Masculinity” and her time here at SVA

Photo of Lily Maslanka, courtesy of the artist. 9via SVA Features]

Photo of Lily Maslanka, courtesy of the artist. [via SVA Features]

A new interview with 2017 VCS graduate Lily Maslanka was posted to the SVA website’s front page just a few days ago. In the interview, Lily discusses her recent armor-based body of work and the different notions of masculinity that it explores, and also talks about the VCS program and her time at SVA. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction and first question:


SVA continues its series highlighting some of the many outstanding projects by 2017 Alumni Scholarship Award winners. Next up is Lily Maslanka (BFA 2017 Visual & Critical Studies) on her project The Rise and Fall of Masculinity, in which she co-opts historical tropes of masculinity, such as armor, in order to celebrate the “butch” woman and her various forms.

Tell us about your project. What inspired the idea?

In short, my project is about butch women celebrating their masculinity through the outlet of the knight. It’s about appropriating the suit of armor, which has notoriously been gendered male, and making it for women that tend towards the masculine, and feel more comfortable engaging themselves with masculinity. In part, this also has to do with physically masking gender markers through the ritual of placing a breastplate onto one’s body.

[You can read the rest of the interview here.]

Photo of Lily Maslanka, courtesy of the artist. [via SVA Features]

Photo of Lily Maslanka, courtesy of the artist. [via SVA Features]

Visual & Critical Studies