archival inkjet prints, 27″ x 27″
editions of 5
Icons of beauty, strength and gender abound in contemporary popular culture. We are inundated daily with visual examples of how to present ourselves. These images affect our self-perception as well as how we relate to other individuals in the corporeal world. I am interested in the endless combinations that can be generated using the imagery of pop culture. I use collage to create hybrid characters that highlight the bizarre and often contradictory relationships that exist among the iconic images that we consume. The figures and their environments reflect the struggle between affirmation and critique that we face when encountering the images in their original contexts. At once seductive and horrific, these tableaus are a visual incarnation of personal conflicts that arise for me when confronting the source imagery. Ideals of gender, beauty and strength are simultaneously challenged and reaffirmed as I expose the symbiotic relationship between fantasy and the corporeal that exists in pop culture.