The Barricade series borrows from the tactics of resistance in its critique of consumerism. Barricades, when used by revolutionaries, reduce things of perceived value to piles of rubble in the attempt to prevent the exercise of control by those in power. In a consumerist society, this control is exercised by advertisers as they manipulate “consumers” to worship material goods. Ultimately, this consumption has devastating consequences for our planet.
Taking inspiration from photographs of barricades in Paris, 1968, the images are created by cutting prints into slabs and other collage forms and arranging them into ramparts, which are re-photographed and contact printed. They are processed with sprayed and splashed chemicals clashing on the print surface, in a microcosm of the greater struggle. Unique Chromogenic prints, 16 x 20 inches or reverse.