Our latest collaboration with Stickymonger was born out of the impact the pandemic had on everyday life. The major elements featured show the artist’s desire to explore the contradictions of life that were highlighted during this time. She aims to combine contradictory objects for an unpredictable outcome. Immediately noticeable is how working out is juxtaposed with eating unhealthy. The subject in her work is depicted playing tennis while also indulging in eating junk food. “Selfcare vs guilty pleasure” as the artist puts it.
Another interesting contradiction can be seen in the two bags. The duffle bag featuring the PAN AM logo, the airline which was once the epitomy of luxury travel. In contrast is the plastic bag next to it, disposable and relatively worthless but featuring a global icon that easily surpasses that of the airline and whose creator famously only earned $45. It’s exactly this complicated mixture of these contrasting elements in her work that Stickymonger believes reflect “what life is”. Something that became even more apparent in times of a global pandemic when we're all limited in ways we can engage in both selfcare and guilty pleasure. Curious to hear what personal selfcare practices and guilty pleasure this makes you think off! 🥰
I don't know for sure but my guess would be because the two bag symbols are contemporarries, the smiley which was invented in 1963. This is around the same time that Pan Am was experiencing the height of its success.
7 months ago·