Action Figure Headshots/wrestlers
For me, these images are objective distillations of the meeting of fantasy and reality in contemporary experience, as manifest in children’s toys. The figures are playthings, ostensibly fictional, yet miniature incarnations of existing real world ideologies. The combination of mass production and realistic, detailed design in the dolls results in a contradiction of crudeness and refinement. These qualities, along with the manufacturer’s motive of profit, led me to consider the power these objects of socialization serve in our culture. Aggressive hypermasculinity, startling embodiments of plastic testosterone—something of these characteristics must be absorbed by the boys who play with them. Visually, I wanted to convey their potency by centering, head shot-like on their faces and magnifying their 1” or 3/4” heads 30 or 40 times.