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"my white trash family" by kim alsbrooks

Meghan HarcarComment

In the "My White Trash Family" series by Philadelphia-based artist Kim Alsbrooks, miniature portraits are painted on already flattened trash, such as beer and novelty beverage cans, in the watercolors on ivory style of 17th and 18th century.  Alsbrooks started this project as she became interested in the role that class distinctions plays in art.  As such, she takes portraits that were once painted on ivory, and paints them on trash. With the juxtaposition, the artist is endeavoring to "even the playing field, challenging the perception of the social elite in today's society." Such a clever idea.

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