Portfolio: Shame by Elissa Levy

Shame

Elissa Levy

Taking imagery from newspapers, I deconstruct the icons of power and loss that populate the printed media, such as soldiers, athletes, celebrities, and politicians. When their forms are isolated, they become stripped of their identifying cues of influence. In this manner, they can be seen purely in terms of their physical gestures and postures and what those might communicate.

The public platform of the newspaper shows us our own fascination with not only glory but also shame and self-loathing. The media celebrates suffering as success, and we can pin our fears on its suffering subjects, in the hope that they will assuage our own guilt.

As a medium that is nearly obsolete, the newspaper becomes a found object that I can edit and transform—changing contemporary artifacts into future relics. I look to move the most populist of editions into something more carefully crafted and limited. I alter not only the shape, but also the context. While aggressively eradicating these figures in their current mass-reproduced forms, I change them into otherworldly silhouettes that distract from their social constructs and allow us to see the whole.

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