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Through my work I am trying to reach a slight understanding of the interaction within the human mind and the stereotypes it is exposed to. I have come to see that simple scenarios such as, young girls playing "House" or driving Barbie and Skipper around in the mini pink Cadillac as the boys next door are playing "Cowboys and Indians," can begin to explain the roots of our roles today. Similarly effective scenarios involving societal gender roles and placement occur throughout all cultures and evolve slowly through time, although they seem to never fully die.
Subconsciously (or consciously) we all desire and strive for some idea of a perfect lifestyle. This includes our jobs, relationships, families and has been individually engrained into each of us by our families, peers and society, all the while being sold to us by the media. Although we all may assume these expectations to be irrational, on one level or another they are powerful symbols that shape our character.
In the exploration of these notions I have decided to focus on the more vintage ideals of American life. Drawing on ideas of etiquette and society, I make functional house ware, and also photographic images grounded in these histories. All of my work illustrates the superficial expectations that dominate American culture, and alter our individual characters.