Mixed media including plaster, ceramics, house paint, synthetic wigs, fake lashes, gold lamé, welded steel, wood, found boots, and ladder.
52 x 16 x 38 in.
I am interested in the relationship between innate and conditioned behaviors. The figures that occupy my practice eternally pose for photographs yet to be taken, performing roles that are both familiar and contrived. They are mirrors or popular culture's depiction of "babes," and embody the self-objectification that has become commonplace in contemporary culture. Based off of experiences catching myself mimicking certain cliché behavior, the work serves as an investigation of the delineations between self and culture, expression and impression. In Platinum Musing, synthetic wigs and gold fabric are used as cheap signifiers of decadence. Along with the female gaze, they are materials used to wield desire. Consumed viscerally by the observer, they allow for a blending of identity, creating a wavering illusion of confidence and luxury. At times, this fragile daydream slips and teeters on the brink of tacky. Yet the figures remain in a phantasmagorical delusion, as the rhizomatic narrative unfolds, the only constant is their need not only to be desired but also to have others witness their allure.
Jaeger, Elizabeth, “Platinum Musing,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed November 30, 2015, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/1227.