The White Trash Series by Kim AlsbrooksJuxtapoz // Friday, 21 Oct 2011
Artist Kim Alsbrooks developed her series, "White Trash," while living in the US South and beginning to understand what she calls a culture of "myth, biased history and bizarre sentimentality obout old wars and social structures." To juxtapose what used to be painted on ivory, the artist now paints portraits on trash and beer cans.
Alsbrooks statement reads: "The White Trash Series was developed while living in the South out of frustration with some of the prevailing ideologies, in particular, class distinction. This ideology seemed based on a combination of myth, biased history and bizarre sentimentality obout old wars and social structures. With the juxtaposition of the portraits from museums, once painted on ivory, now on flattened trash of beer cans and fast food, the artist sets to even the playing field, challenging the perception of the social elite in todays society."