Submission
Ellen Schafer

Adult Costume


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Ellen Schafer, For Eva, 2020, Powder coated steel, found and amended costumes, aqua resin, pigment, 72 x 42 inches.
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Ellen Schafer, Adult Costume installation view.
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Ellen Schafer, Left: Shiny Happy People (Laughing) (The bags under my eyes are designer), 2020, Illuminated sign, digital print on backlit film, 15.5 x 15.5 inches; Right: Shiny Happy People (Laughing) (You don't need lipstick, lipstick needs you), 2020, Illuminated sign, digital print on backlit film, 21.5 x 16.5 inches.
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Ellen Schafer, Shiny Happy People (Laughing) (Fantasy, fashion, food, family, fun), 2020, Illuminated sign, digital print on backlit film, 36 x 24 inches
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Ellen Schafer, Dress Up, 2020, Powder coated steel, found costumes, 70 x 36 inches.
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Ellen Schafer, Adult Costume installation view two.
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Ellen Schafer, Swoosh, 2020, Illuminated sign, etched Plexiglass, 15.5 x 15.5 inches.
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Ellen Schafer, Swoosh (detail).

Shoppers World, David’s Bridal, Burlington Coat Factory, Toys R’ Us, GAP, Harbor Freight Tools, Walmart, Starbucks, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Best Buy, T.J. Maxx, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Kmart, CVS, Ulta Beauty, Chase Bank, Bank of America, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Red Lobster, Denny’s, IHOP, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, Olive Garden, Boston Market, Burger King, Staples, Home Depot, Chili’s, Target, Office Max.

I was born into a shopping mall, passing through the canal of stores separating Macy’s from JCPenney. I learned to be in a body by adopting various regiments of care. I practiced choreographed motions associated with different products. And, in wandering through the endless store aisles and digitized shopping cart icons, I cultivated my most intimate and enduring relationship.