“Feed Me Diamonds”, mixed media sculpture, 14”x12”x12”
“Muzzle”, mixed media sculpture, 14”x12”x12”
“Honeycomb Heart”, mixed media sculpture, 14”x10”x8”
“In Bloom”, mixed media sculpture, 14”x12”x12”
“Karaoke Cadaver”, mixed media sculpture, 14”x12”x12”
“Feed Me Glass”, mixed media sculpture, 14”x12”x12”
Feed Me Diamonds explores the relationship between saturation, material inequality and modern anxiety. The title of the exhibition is an absurd proposition: It reflects an obsession and desperate desire for wealth and instant pleasure so strong, that one begs to be fed diamonds with the hope that the status symbol will merge with the core of one’s being and become a part of their identity. The exhibition reflects an enduring attraction and impossible obsession with glamour as a contemporary preoccupation that is part curse, part pleasure, part impossible fantasy.
Feed Me Diamonds invites viewers to confront notions of narcissism, consumption, and instant gratification. Inspired by the idea of “affluenza,” a portmanteau of affluence and influenza, a term used by critics of consumerism and is a used to describe a psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy young people. The artist interprets the term affluenza literally: Throughout the exhibition, figurative sculptures are pockmarked with rhinestones which obscure their humanity. This body of work co-mingles representations of fashion and decadence with references to illness, trauma and decay: accessories, rhinestones and other symbols of wealth appear to be a contagious infection of the skin and body of the figures in these mixed media works and sculptures. Fashion has always played a leading role in constructing images and meanings during periods of rapid social, economic and technological change: It can act out instability or loss, or it can stake out the territory of new social and sexual identities.
These sometimes garish, diseased, ravaged and distorted figures are made from seductive or silly materials like glossy photographs, glitter or rhinestones or fur. The sculpture, “Feed Me Glass”, echoes the form of a human face with a large tumorous silver growth on the side of its head. Made from foam, wax and rhinestones, these accessories resemble tumors, or prosthetic body parts that are competing with or taking over the body
Feed Me Diamonds examines the dark underpinnings of that which has become commonplace, and is an exploration of identity politics and consumer culture. In this exhibition representations of fashion and decadence are co-mingled with references death, trauma and decay. These artworks explore the idea of saturation and suggests that this is a manifestation of modern anxieties about Western-consumer culture.