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Amanda Pickens

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Degree | MFA, Graphic Design, 2015
School | Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island


Amanda Pickens

Amanda Pickens

Amanda Pickens

Amanda Pickens

Amanda Pickens

Amanda Pickens

Amanda Pickens

Amanda Pickens


Artist's Statement

This thesis exposes what lies beneath the artifice of the luxury world by appropriating the formal language of the industry itself. From designer clothing and fashion magazines to grocery store circulars and vinyl window signage, my work exploits the media and visual vocabulary of the consumer world. Inspired by Chinese shanzhai (counterfeit) culture, my thesis embraces the notion of a Robin Hood-esque redistribution of wealth and goods. My work celebrates the designer’s role as brand stylist, while critiquing consumerism. Through parody, juxtaposition, and appropriation, my projects strip the luxury world of its pretense, while finding value in and paying homage to fake markets and designer knock-offs. From China’s shanzhai markets to the online marketplace of eBay, I explore the consumer realms in which the rare and luxurious comingle with the ordinary and attainable.

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