My animated GIF project. The Earth Without Art Would Just Be "Eh".
Human Hybrid Identity Images
This is a self portrait series on my identity as it relates to social media, yoga, and the chakra. For a detailed description of this project, see my SlideRocket presentation.
"Counterfeit" Images in Photoshop
"Deadmau5 at Disney"... Deadmau5 reminds me of the Mickey Mouse character that roams Disney World. I even asked my son (who is a fan) if Deadmau5 is poking fun at Mickey, as some people don't like the Disney brand, as it is a giant corporate behemoth. It wasn't difficult to find a photo of Deadmau5 and manipulate it. I had to flip the photo vertically, as the original would have had him facing away from the tourist. Then it was just a matter of changing the lighting and smoothing out the edges. I also added a Deadmau5 logo to the tourist's shirt, as it reminded me of all those Mickey graphic t-shirts that tourists love to buy and wear.
My next image, Paris at WalMart takes a jab at those awful "People who shop at WalMart" pictures that made the rounds on Facebook. It bothered me to see people making fun of the way "these people" were dressed or the fact that they were overweight. There was something very elitist about the way these photographs were presented. I decided to choose a well known rich "celebrity" for my rich people shopping at WalMart picture. In this piece, I give the viewer more questions... why is Paris there? Why does she have special shopping bags? Did WalMart give them to her, or did she bring them herself? Why was she allowed to bring her dog in the store? I bring up important ideas about how the rich live by different sets of rules from the rest of us.
My second piece, Michelle Rhee of StudentsLast pokes fun at the story of her killing and eating a bee to quell a rowdy classroom. (She has the nickname of “The Bee Eater”). She holds pink slips to fire teachers and a row of students below her sport masking tape on their mouths, to reflect another story about her putting masking tape on the mouths of students in order to keep them quiet in the school halls. Her “no ethics” button is self explanatory, and the test with the “erasegate” eraser on it references the DC cheating scandals for which she is currently being investigated. StudentsLast references her organization StudentsFirst, which aims to destroy teachers’ unions and privatize education.