Buddah at HomeGoods
2018

Buddah at HomeGoods
2018

My academic background is in both religious studies and visual art. In this current series, Buddha at HomeGoods, I examine a phenomena that has been of interest to me for many years; the cultural appropriation of non-western religious imagery and its application to both secular, and highly commercial products. I am particularly interested in the image of the Buddha as it is frequently depicted in mainstream western culture and how this depiction creates and sustains a 21st century Orientalism. In this work, I encourage the viewer to revisit the commercial application of the Buddha’s image as a form of spiritual colonialism, in which sacred imagery has been stripped of its original meaning and context and reimagined by and for a western audience. The colonial aspect of this exchange is further reinforced by the path of commercial production and export of these items predominantly from workers in the East and Southeast Asian nations to consumers in the West.

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RANSOM

exploring the edges of appropriation
10.20.18 - 12.13.18

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