'Boy' is a painted sculpture and hand-sewn instillation piece that free hangs from thread. The work seeks to address the collective psyche of the patriarchal structures of the American South and the self-destructive nature of white supremacy. 'Boy' seeks to act as an agent of transformation and self-awareness within the personal narrative of the artist; he acts as a reparative character in an environment where criticism of one's culture is often discouraged. The image of the boy, dressed in Confederate costume, is pieced together through collected stock imagery from American costume store websites. The representation of the boy draws on romanticized historical figures such as Robert E. Lee that are rooted in contemporary socio-political notions of those who promote the resurgence of an idyllic bygone era. Hand-sewn and created out of household and found materials, he is precarious and fragile. Yet, because of his representational painted form, the body remains rooted in the structure of Western academia. Through materiality and painting technique, Elise strives to illustrate the issues faced between traditional gender/sexuality roles within the domestic developmental and public environments within her native home of Texas. In response to the entanglement of contemporary norms and the adherence to historical political beliefs within working class white American spaces, ‘Boy’ questions how these gender/sexuality/ethnicity roles on are placed upon children. In particular how this repetitive structure may warp one's perception of identity and implied dominance over the perceived minority population. Through the instillation of the work, ‘Boy’ retains a near-static, theatrical element and is to be viewed in the round. The work will be naturally destroyed due to its fragile construction and use of impermanent materials.