Aaron McIntosh

Aaron McIntosh (born 1984) is a graduate of the Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Tech University. He received a Master of Fine Art degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Fiber Department. McIntosh’s quilts are focused on the subject of desire and longing.

“My main interest lies in how stereotypes of sexual emotions, experiences, and identities are propagated in mass-produced images and print material, and in turn, how these images and text shape our own identities … Deconstructing these images and cultural artifacts opens up gaps in which I can insert and reconstruct my own complicated narrative as a nerdy Appalachian queer guy … These saturated works draw attention to the often murky intersection of personal desires and family institutions, as well as openly question our larger social constructions of deviancy, normality, adolescent imprinting, and generational divides.”