Artist’s Uniform #4: The Year I Realized I Wanted To Be Like Everyone Else Or More Accurately, The Year I Realized I Missed Shopping

(08/02/2005-02/13/2007)

On a beautiful spring day in 2005, I ventured into Boston's Filene’s Basement to peruse the male fashions. By this time it had been four years since I'd gone shopping and I left feeling very alienated by the whole experience. I sat down and considered the past years’ “accomplishments”, noting that I had achieved the goal of removing myself from the cycle of consumption -- but that I also felt completely removed from American society. I had become an alien in the market. I decided it was time to readopt the populist agendas of mass consumption, individual choice, and brand allegiance. Artist’s Uniform #4: The Year I Realized I Wanted To Be Like Everyone Else Or More Accurately, The Year I Realized I Missed Shopping allowed me to re-approach mainstream culture, engaging individual taste, current trends, and the moral decisions one confronts when designing an identity. Besides a birthday shopping trip in Baltimore funded by my mother, almost all of the clothes for this project came from two thrift stores in South Boston which provided me with a new wardrobe based mostly on things I liked and that I thought were unique and fun. Amazingly, this experiment in freedom of choice and personal aesthetics led me to my next endeavor, which began February 14, 2007 (St. Valentine’s Day – my chosen confirmation name – and my home state of Arizona’s 95th Birthday).

Joe and Me Jeana and Me Jackie and Me My NEU Students and Me Camping in MA Me in my studio at Murray Guy Me and the Zebras at the LA Zoo