We are living in a world where people are beginning to value objects over their fellow man, But what happens when even the objets of society are disposable? How do the relationships we form suffer as a result?
This collection of oil paintings and photography serves as a visual commentary of living in a disposable society, and the destructive nature of man within it, and the consequence in how this destructive behaviour is now entering and affecting the relationships we form, and in turn how this begins to reshape our own identities. A call to empathy to examine the worth we place on others, and the worth we in-turn give ourselves as a behavioural and psychological byproduct.
A large part of this collection consists of King's cut up portrait pantings. Here she challenges the value of luxury items over the subject- people. By painstakingly rendering each piece to a hyperreal level, only to then cut up the weeks to months of work, her hope is this practice elicits a response from the viewer to create a dialogue that dissects why we are affected by a luxury item being destroyed, but not our fellow man? The hope of this collection is to correct course with prioritizing value- an effort to challenge the current status quo of this disposable society that values object over life.
"people seem to be shocked when they see a representation of life in the form of a luxury good be destroyed, yet they have no qualms with the actual human subject undergoing the same fate. society sees time invested into a painting, has converted this to dollar signs, which has determined its overall worth, all the while they have stopped seeing the life that drives the creation process to begin with.
They ask ho could I cut up my paintings; well I ask How can you cut down your fellow man?"
36" x 48"
There are bits of torn up garbage bag laid in & stretched over parts of the paint. I used oils dried on glass, peeled off, & added it to the painting surface to emulate the texture of the garbage bag. Upon close inspection, you can see textural aspects, where paint and plastic merge & become indecipherable from one another. This convergence of materials- of rubbish, & a luxury item- serves to question the transient nature of our physical wold.