S M I L E T H R O U G H I T A L L
In this series I use the iconic round black and yellow smiley face, a basic ideogram that has been a part of worldwide popular culture since the early 1960’s. The smiley faces are printed on colored paper overlaid with documents from our challenging times, including Russian documents, declassified top-secret communiques, immigration court filings, death certificates and homicide reports. These are then torn into strips and reconfigured to form a full face to “smile through it all.” The jagged edges of the papers in this series represent how the fabric of our society and civilization has been torn apart. The cut-out circular faces are mounted on 78 rpm LP records to complete the pieces.
12" diameter mixed media collages mounted on LP records
The modern world is a challenging place. But we go on about our daily lives, basically pretending that all is well in order to survive with some semblance of normalcy. These pieces explore the ideological power of juxtaposing images to create social and political commentaries, with hidden thoughts and collective beliefs exposed through the use of found elements and appropriated images.