June 12, 2018
My most recent artwork focuses on cultural consumption, in this case through appropriating and re-imagining print media to create dynamic and semi-abstract collages and installations. For my primary source material, I cull images from women’s fashion magazines. I am inspired by the visual experience of these magazines and how by design they convey a calculated seductive quality evident in even the smallest visual details. From the glossy paper to the color palettes to the iconography, these magazines are designed to elicit desire in consumers as well as appeal to the perceived desire of their audience. In my process, I first search through the magazines to select pieces based on their formal elements such as color, shape, and form. I then use these now decontextualized pieces as elements for my own compositions, which are created both intentionally and intuitively. The end result is an combination of shapes and color that borders on abstraction and incorporates elements of contemporary American consumer culture.
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