Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Glitter, Gold and Glamour is what Everyone wants

Glitter, Gold and Glamour is what Everyone wants

-Tony Marshall-

I grew up in rural Kansas; an area portrayed as a vast and nearly
desolate expanse dotted with modest farmsteads. 
It was characterized by Brethren modesty and utilitarian aesthetics with
a whitewash clapboard exterior.    An
outdated library, animated movies, and retro musicals filled with images of
grand palaces, distant exotic lands, and fantastic situations fed my early
understanding of the outside world, filling me with a longing for a distinctive
visual culture that could satiate my decorative hunger.

            My work
explores varied emulations of an exaggerated perception of wealth, luxury, sophistication
and bravado, all elements that were inherently foreign to my upbringing. These
seductive imitations are vehicles for exploring the outcomes of obsession.  My process is heavily performative, as I
embody a near insatiable lust for the unattainable that can only be temporarily
pacified by the act of making.  The
alluring nature of these flamboyant displays operatically manifests itself
through saturated colors, glitter, gilding and jewels.  Each work implies the transformative nature
of these fanatical afflictions, by rendering cheap materials into something equally
majestic and parasitic through a loving and thoughtful rendering.  

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