This body of work considers Mark Fisher’s concept of “lost futures” through the aesthetics of vaporwave and Funko Pops. I am interested in how these anachronistic objects utilize nostalgia through the remixing of cultural references to engage with consumer capitalism. This continual referencing of the past exemplifies contemporary society’s cultural stagnation and the erosion of collective imagination toward a radically transformative future.
These small ceramic sculptures are a way to push these anachronisms a bit further, remixing the remix. I wonder about the ideological trajectory from ritualistic idol to mass-produced fandom figurine, the significance of the handmade object within an ever-growing industrialized society, the devirtualization of digitally native content, and how the concept of a collectible operates within the spheres of the household to the museum.
Studio Song: Aquarius by Boards of Canada