In researching the subject of desire, my main interest lies in how constructed stereotypes around sexual emotions, experiences, and identities are propagated in mass-produced images such as commercial advertising, which in turn influence personal identity. I am creating a series of larger-than-life boyfriends appropriated from romance novels. These flimsy cut-paper men of the Boyfriends Series are attempts to fill the voids of unattainable love; they are the “stand ins” for boyfriends I cannot attain in real life. In eliminating the women from these cover relationships, I can insert myself, or the viewer can insert him or herself. Composed of diaristically notated romance novel pages and painstakingly rendered in colored pencil, these Boyfriends are evocative of the obsessive nature of desire and longing. In these saturated works, notions of secrecy, voyeurism and subversion, typically associated with male homosexuality, are offset by billboard-size amplifications of desirable men.