"Cargo Cults (Headbundle)," 40" x 30"
"Cargo Cults (Cover-Up)," 20" x 15"
"Cargo Cults (Java Bunny)," 40" x 30"
"Cargo Cults (Basketwoman)," 40" x 30"
Archival pigment prints
This photographic series revisits historical ethnographic studio portraiture via fictional display: using mass-manufactured goods purchased from American shopping malls and restyled to highlight popular fantasies associated with “ethnic” patterning and costume. Purchased on credit cards and returned for full refund after the photo shoots, the cheap garments hail from the distant lands of Forever21, H&M, American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, Target, The Gap, and more.
Pulling from earlier projects reworking “dazzle camouflage” – a WWI technique of painting battleships with graphic black and white patterns in order to confuse enemy aim -- the disruptive outlines shift the viewer’s attention from foreground to background in an attempt to “find” the false subject. Black and white calibration charts encroach upon the pictures, and in some cases overlap and cover portions of the figure, as if insisting on their ability to "correct" and calibrating the
Produced during an Artist Residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE.