My Macaroon

This is an early collage from 2002-2003.  Made with found blank purchase orders from a burned down warehouse in Pittsburgh and cut up National Geographic Magazines and women’s fashion magazines.  This is a part of a series of early collages I made that was working to address issues of body image and the commodification of women.  Specifically with this piece I was trying to use the face of an elephant to represent the woman’s view of herself (as large and disproportionate) while her actual body is thin and tall.  The use of the pudding as a skirt is where “reality” and “fantasy” merge/melt into one.  The macaroon in her fork is temptation, and the motion of her heels kicking in the air is an attempt to buck away society’s expectation of her maintaining a svelte figure, and to do as she pleases.