Artist Statement

“A commodity appears at first sight an extremely obvious, trivial thing. But its analysis brings out that it is a very strange thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties.”

                                                                            -Karl Marx

There is a very peculiar relationship between people and their things, whether realized or unrealized. Objects and possessions are used as signifiers for a person’s social class, moral sentiment, and the regiment of ideas with which one chooses to associate. The impulse to belong is at the heart of this strange fetish, whether that impulse is to belong to a group or an idea, or simply the impulse to own something that represents oneself. The peculiarity of this tendency to build one’s identity with material objects, and even to objectify oneself, is where my work finds its satirical content. Whether with discarded possessions, or through the parody of cultural ornamentation, my work is an investigation into how and why so many people allow themselves to be subject to the pursuit of creating and obtaining material identities.
Through film, installation, sculpture, and painting I sift through the debris of lives rendered material, the thinking behind modification and ornamentation of the body, and of the commodification of world around us.

Annalisa Barron