My current work recontextualizes mid-twentieth century popular imagery appropriated from sources such as comic books, advertisements, postcards, etc., utilizing themes, compositions, and conceptual strategies borrowed from across the entirety of the western art historical canon.
The resulting combinations highlight moments where this content proves incapable of supporting the ideas with which it has been weighted, either by the artists, other individuals, or institutions.
These shortcomings can be of a formal nature, having to do with the breakdown of visual narrative forms or the basic limitations of images to fully depict empirical reality. In the case of the content which I am currently exploring, the disconnect between image and reality often stems from the furtherance of a particular worldview which prioritizes the European patriarchal experience. The creation and subsequent support of such imagery can take place deliberately, for the purpose of increasing the political or financial influence of a particular person or group - or unintentionally, as the result of an unrecognized position of cultural privilege.
As the application of more decentralized and inclusive models of examining and interpreting culture, science, gender, and history increases, the descriptive limitations, social deficiencies, and problematic moments inherent in these materials becomes more readily apparent to an ever-increasing population.
The use of this kind of imagery in my work is intended as an acknowledgment and confrontation of these failures. Through appropriation and satire I am seeking to mine a new value from these sources in the hope of contributing in a positive way to a conversation about the broader re-examination of long-held, and seemingly intractable, social ideas and narratives.