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Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique, 1806

2016/2018
Ceramic, adhesive vinyl, aluminum shelves, paint
9 x 13 x 2 ft

Installation for SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2018.

 

Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique, 1806

2016
Ceramic, painted cardboard boxes, adhesive vinyl, wood table
10 x 14 x 5 ft

My installation Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique, 1806, includes a wallpaper element that I digitally collaged from iPhone and web-sourced photos of the original Dufour et Cie wall panels at The Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Scaled to match the early-19th century original at nine feet high, the fragmentation of the image alludes to the compositing of tropes and fantasies of Otherness layered upon Polynesian ethnographic “types.”  The scenes served as backdrops for my hand-built ceramic figures and natural forms – distressed versions of what one sees in the wallpaper.  I wanted to disrupt the aesthetic harmony and unity of the image, and challenge the way its romantic aesthetics cloak a colonialist ideology.  The objects were arranged in frieze formation on a 50-inch high table enabling viewers to see everything at once, at eye-level, layered upon each other.  Viewers were able to circumnavigate the table, placing themselves between the wallpaper and the sculptures.  

 


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